Competition Rules and Forms
This page contains all of the official rules and forms that govern the American Mock Trial Association competitions. Each of the documents will be updated on this site as new versions are created and approved for use by the AMTA Board of Directors. Please check back regularly to ensure that you have the most updated version of these documents.
Rulebook - last updated October 15, 2016
- The Rulebook contains all rules and policies that govern AMTA competitions, the competition structure, board membership, sanction policies, and membership requirements among other things. The Rulebook is traditionally updated semi-annually following the AMTA Board of Directors Meeting (July) and the AMTA Mid-Year Meeting (November). If you have any questions about the rules that govern AMTA competitions, please contact Ryan Seelau, AMTA Rules Committee Chairperson.
Tabulation Manual- last updated August 15, 2015
- The Tabulation Manual contains all procedures for scoring and pairing AMTA competitions. The Tabulation Manual is used by AMTA Representatives at each AMTA-sanctioned tournament to determine the pairings for each round of competition. The Tabulation Manual also contains procedures to determine the winners of AMTA-sanctioned competitions, including tie-breaking procedures. The Tabulation Manual is traditionally updated semi-annually following the AMTA Board of Directors Meeting (July) and the AMTA Mid-Year Meeting (November). If you have any questions regarding tabulation procedures or the Tabulation Manual, please contact Johnathan Woodward, AMTA Tabulation Director.
Midlands Rules of Evidence - last updated July 18, 2016
- This document contains the version of the Rules of Evidence that are used in AMTA competitions. While these rules are based off of the Federal Rules of Evidence, they are tailored to meet the needs of an AMTA competition.
- This document contains the version of the Rules of Criminal Procedure that are used in AMTA competitions. While these rules are based off of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, they are tailored to meet the needs of an AMTA competition.
Judges' PowerPoint (2017 Regional/ORCS Version) - last updated October 15, 2016
- This is the presentation used to orient judges in the Judges' Meetings at AMTA-sanctioned competitions. The PowerPoint is used in each Judges' Meeting before each round of AMTA-sanctioned competitions. Any questions regarding the AMTA's judging documents should be directed to Ryan Seelau, AMTA Rules Committee Chairperson.
- This document is the timekeeper sheet that is used at an AMTA-sanctioned competitions. Per AMTA Rules, each team is required to provide their own timekeeper at an AMTA-sanctioned competition and should use the Timekeeper Sheet to track the time for each round of competition.
Captains and Character Evidence Forms - updated December 7, 2015 for State v. Bancroft and Covington
- As permitted by the Midlands Rules of Evidence, this document is the Character Evidence Form that is to be used in AMTA-sanctioned competitions.
- This document is the Spirit of AMTA form that is to be used to determine the winner of the Spirit of AMTA award at each AMTA-sanctioned competition.