The Kentucky Court of Justice hosts the annual Kentucky High School Mock Trial Tournament. More than 10,500 students, 1,200 judges and 1,000 attorneys have participated in the program since it began in 1983. In the mock trial tournament, high school students prepare a case under the supervision of teachers and attorney coaches. They portray the roles of attorneys, jurors, plaintiffs, defendants and witnesses before a real judge, usually in a courtroom setting. The state champion advances to the national competition.