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 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.
2018-2019 IMPORTANT DATES
|September 3||County Registration Deadline||Required to receive materials and compete at the state finals.|
|September 7||Case Brief and Lesson Plan Released||Available at www.crf-usa.org|
|September 13||Case Released at 3:00 p.m.||Available at www.crf-usa.org using password|
|September 17||Case Materials sent to counties||Submit request with county registration|
|December 14||Deadline to submit case questions||Questions to be considered for errata|
|January 7||Updated Case Release||Required version for the state finals|
|January 31||School and Student Registration Deadline||Required to compete (check with your county coordinators)|
|January 31||County Fees Due||$275 per Team|
|February 1||Hotel Rooming List Opens||First day to submit team rooming list to CRF. 7 rooms per team.|
|February 23||County Semi-Finals|
|March 1||County Team Submission Deadline||Last day to submit a county team representative for state|
|March 1||Hotel Rooming List Deadline||Last day to submit team rooming list to CRF|
|March 2||Mendocino County Finals|
|March 4||State Student Registration Fees Deadline||$85 per student
$25 late fee must be included for late payment
|March 4||State Finals Student Permission Slip Deadline||Required for each student to participate in the state finals|
|March 11||Round 1 Side Assignments - Broadcast Live||Emailed to teacher/attorney coach
Posted on MT Facebook page
|March 22-24||California State Finals||Sacramento|
|May 16-18||National High School Mock Trial Championship||Athens, Georgia|