2022 Courtroom Artist
Lydia Colby, The Ambrose School
2021 Courtroom Artist
Lily Giordano, Centennial High School
2019 Courtroom Artist
Mikayla Dougherty, Lewiston High School
2017 Courtroom Artist
Brice Drake, Blackfoot High School
2016 Courtroom Artist
Kayden Cabinaw, Centennial High School
The Idaho Courtroom Artist Contest, open to students in grades 9 to 12, allows artistically talented students the opportunity to participate in the mock trial program. Artists observe trials and submit sketches that depict actual courtroom scenes.
After completion of the state contest, the top three artists receive cash prizes for their entries. The top artist is eligible to represent Idaho at the National Courtroom Artist Contest.
Artists can register as part of an existing mock trial team or enter on their own. The registration fee is $30 per artist. Artists who are not registering as part of a mock trial team will use this form to register for the contest.
Rules and Resources
Each high school or junior high (9th grade only) may register multiple artists. An artist who participates with a team will still compete solely on their own efforts and will NOT be considered as part of their school’s team in terms of advancement to the state or national competitions.
The National High School Mock Trial website has a training video to help students become familiar with the competition. The Library of Congress has a collection of sketches you can view online and the National High School Mock Trial has posted photos of recent National submissions. Additionally, we have collected a series of courtroom photos that artists can use to practice sketching courtroom details.
Submission and Judging Criteria
Courtroom artists must supply their own paper and drawing tools and follow these parameters:
- The submission may be done in color or in black and white.
- The drawing must be on 11” X 14” paper in a horizontal/landscape format.
- The drawing may be completed using any of the following media: Color pencil, pen and ink, pastel, marker. No watercolors or paint are allowed.
- The art submission must NOT have the artist’s name, team name or code, or signatures on the front of the submission.
Sketches are evaluated and scored anonymously by a judge or judging team. The highest scored sketch will be named the winner. This sample scoresheet includes information on how sketches are scored.