Mock Trial

The County Mock Trial program is sponsored and coordinated by the Mendocino County Office of Education (MCOE).  The Mock Trial program requires high school student team members to assume the roles of the attorneys and witnesses involved in a fictitious criminal trial that is based on an important issue currently facing America’s youth. Each team is linked with an attorney coach who helps student attorneys/witnesses prepare a defense pretrial motion argument, opening/closing statements, witness questioning/response, and general courtroom etiquette.

Each year The Constitutional Rights Foundation works with the California legal community to develop the case fact pattern, witness statements, allowable evidence, and all other information that teams will need into a self-contained casebook.

Members from all aspects of the local legal community, including judges, district attorneys, public defenders, alternate defenders, county counsel and private practice attorneys volunteer their time to coach teams or score/officiate during the competitions. The Mendocino County Courts graciously allow scrimmage match Saturday and competition Saturdays to be held at the County Courthouse in Ukiah.

The Mock Trial program requires student team members to assume the roles of the attorneys and witnesses involved in a fictitious case that is typically based on an important issue currently facing American youth. If your school can commit a minimum of eight students (maximum=25) and one teacher-coach who are willing to participate, then your school is ready to join in this incredibly rewarding student enrichment activity. There are also components to the event that can integrate your art (Courtroom Artist) and English (Courtroom Journalist) departments into the competition. 

For more information and required forms, please click here.

2020 IMPORTANT DATES

DateEvent/ItemNotes
February 22Mendocino County Semi-Finals9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Students must arrive according to team expectations)

1:00 - 4:00 pm (Students must arrive according to team expectations)
February 29Mendocino County Semi-Finals & Finals9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Students must arrive according to team expectations)

1:00 - 4:00 pm (Teams with highest two scores after three semi-final rounds)
March 6Student Permission & Registration Fees DueStudents/Parents should speak with team coaches regarding this
March 20-22California Mock Trial FinalsLos Angeles, CA
May 7-102020 National High School Mock Trial ChampionshipEvansville, IN

STAFF

Inland Office

Clinton Maxwell, Coordinator-Workforce Development

District Programs and Supports

Phone: (707) 467-5116

Email: cmaxwell@mcoe.us