2016 National Criminal Procedure Tournament

The 28th Annual National Criminal Procedure Tournament was held November 11th through November 13th, 2016 at the University of San Diego. Each team will be guaranteed four total arguments to take place over one night and one morning.

As always, the tournament will provide advocates with the opportunity to argue challenging and timely issues related to criminal procedure before experienced and knowledgeable members of the California Bench and Bar. Previous final round judges include Justices of the Supreme Court of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.




2016 USD National Criminal Procedure Tournament Rules

2016 Registration

General Registration

You may register 1 team beginning on June 28, 2016 at 11:00am PST and ending on July 8, 2018 at 11:59pm PST.

Final Registration 

All schools may register up to 2 teams during Final Registration beginning on July 11th at 10:00am PST and ending on August 1, 2016 at 11:59pm PST. If a school has registered a team during Early or General Registration, it may register a second team at this time.

**Registration operates on a first come, first serve basis. In 2015, General Registration was full within minutes. Registration will take place through a two-step process:

Step 1: Access the 2016 Criminal Procedure Registration Application: 2016-National-Criminal-Procedure-Application. Complete the application form and e-mail your completed application to: sdcrimpro@gmail.com.

Step 2: Pay your registration fee by mailing a check made payable to: “University of San Diego- Moot Court.” Checks should be mailed to the following address:

Appellate Moot Court Board

University of San Diego School of Law

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA. 92110

The registration fee is $600 per team, or $1,200 for two teams. Your fee is non-refundable after your entry fee is made by check and mailed to the USD Moot Court Office. Completed applications must be e-mailed to sdcrimpro@gmail.com by the registration deadline. Please note that your registration emails and fee payments must be postmarked by 5:00pm PST on the registration closing date. The first 36 teams to register will be entered into this year’s competition. There is a maximum of two competitors and one coach per team.

Schools may send up to two teams. The second team may register during Final Registration only. The teams must send separate registration forms, but may send one check for the registration fee. Please indicate this on the application form in the additional comments section.

The time/date of your emailed application will determine whether your school is one of the first 36 schools to register. However, if you email an application on time, but fail to send a registration check postmarked by the deadline, your place in the competition will be given to the next applicant on the waitlist who has met both deadline requirements.

Hotel Information

In addition to providing an opportunity to compete against top moot court programs from around the nation, the National Criminal Procedure Tournament is designed to ensure that each competitor enjoys their stay in San Diego. If you and your school need information about hotel accommodations near the University of San Diego, please e-mail sdcrimpro@gmail.com.

If you have any questions or concerns about this year’s National Criminal Procedure Tournament, please contact our Moot Court Office at: sdcrimpro@gmail.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to San Diego!

Very Truly Yours,

Shannon Nocon

Shannon Nocon
Vice Chair of Tournaments
Appellate Moot Court Executive Board
University of San Diego School of Law
Paige Chretian, Brittany Swett, and Xiao Jin
2016 National Criminal Procedure Tournament Coordinators