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Mock Trial

Do you love to debate?  Do you need more chances to play a role?  Do you need new inspiration for your art?  Does your journalism feel unfulfilled?  Then join Mock Trial!

Mock Trial is an innovative, engaging and often life-changing civic education program that combines performance-based, law-related education with tournament-style, academic competition. High school students, working in teams under the guidance of volunteer attorney coaches and teachers, analyze the facts of a hypothetical criminal court case, prepare trial strategy and enact every role in the trial proceedings, as members of either the prosecution or defense. The teams present their cases in real courtrooms before sitting judges and are scored by volunteer attorneys. Over 800 high school students from 43 local high schools annually participate in the Mock Trial program that also includes courtroom art and journalism contests.

CRF-OC’s Orange County Mock Trial Competition offers the opportunity to compete at the state and national level.

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Benefits of Mock Trial

Students develop an understanding of and appreciation for the American judicial system, the rule of law and their rights and responsibilities as citizens. The program builds self-confidence and develops important life skills, including critical thinking, analytical reasoning, effective communication and teamwork. Students learn the importance of following rules and a code of ethics. Importantly, they are provided with the unique opportunity to interact one-on-one with positive adult role models, including prominent legal practitioners.

Meetings and Competitions

Students who participate are expected to attend meetings at least once a week after school in preparation for the competitions.  Times will be determined after an orientation meeting.

Orientation Meeting

During lunch on Friday, August 31st.

Competition Dates

All rounds are held from 5:00 to approximately 7:30pm at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, except for the final round which will be held from 9:00am - 4:00pm

  • November 8, 2018 – Round #1
  • November 15, 2018 – Round #2
  • November 27, 2018 – Round #3
  • November 29, 2018 – Round #4**
  • December 4, 2018 – Round #5 (Sweet Sixteen)
  • December 6, 2018 – Round #6 (Elite Eight)
  • December 11, 2018 – Round #7 (Final Four)
  • December 15, 2018 – Round #8 (Championship Round – Both prosecution and defense teams from each remaining team face-off)

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Keep up-to-date with Mock Trial through social media. Follow us @OC_Mock_Trial on Twitter for competition updates and results.

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