This event will consist of two parts. During Part One competitors will be provided with a criminal case file to review and prepare a closing argument. Competitors will have thirty (30) minutes to prepare their argument. Competitors may choose to present the case as the Prosecuting Attorney or the Defense Attorney. There will be no points assessed in Part One. During Part Two competitors will have five (5) minutes to present the Closing Argument to a panel of judges in a simulated courtroom. To encourage criminal justice students to improve their ability to properly present a closing argument for a criminal case in a court of law.
Competitors shall be dressed in Business Professional attire as defined in the TPSA Dress Code Policy.
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Room for competitors to prepare their case
This is the Official Scorecard for the event Closing Argument.
|Point Based||Highest Score Wins|
Competitors/Teams must meet the following minimum criteria. Failure to meet criteria will result in disqualification.
|Delivery must be between 3-5 minutes. If under 3 minutes or over 5 minutes, there will be a -5 point penalty.|
|Knowledge of Case||0||5|
|Speaking from memory, minimal reliance on notes||0||5|
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