The 10th Utah Mock Trial Competition, which pits 660 junior and high school students from Utah's public and private schools in a series of mock trials, began April 3 and will continue through the final exhibitions April 26 and 27.

Sixty-six teams, an unprecedented number, are participating. The trials are taking place in the University of Utah College of Law moot courtroom, 3rd Circuit Court and Court of Appeals in Salt Lake City and the Carbon County Courthouse, Price. The students are arguing a fictitious case of spouse abuse and battered woman syndrome.This year's mock-trial judges include Walter D. Talbot, former state superintendent of public instruction; Stephen Hutchinson, executive director of the Utah State Bar; Kent Kasting, president of the Utah bar; Richard Jones, dean of the School of Education, Weber State College; Robert Mer-rill, senior partner in Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall and McCarthy; Mark Spencer, assistant commissioner for academic affairs, Utah System of Higher Education; and Jon Harper, associate dean, U. College of Law.