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 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

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

STAFF

Inland Office

Clinton Maxwell, Coordinator-Workforce Development

District Programs and Supports

Phone: (707) 467-5116

Email: cmaxwell@mcoe.us