Mock Trial

2022-2023 Contra Costa County Mock Trial Mock Trial


The Mock Trial Program is sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF). Each year, CRF creates a mock trial that addresses serious matters facing young people today.

Each team works with teacher and attorney coaches to prepare their version of the criminal case, both from the prosecution and defense perspective. Students assume the roles of trial attorneys, pretrial motion attorneys, witnesses, clerks and bailiffs. Through these role-playing techniques, students learn about the content and processes of law in an exciting and vibrant way. By studying the case and preparing strategies and arguments for trial, students also increase their public speaking skills, analytical ability and team cooperation.

Designed for competition at the high school level, some schools offer the Mock Trial Program as a class rather than an extra-curricular activity.


Winning Courtroom Artist

Students may also participate in the Mock Trial competition as Courtroom Artists and Courtroom Journalists. Both are companion competition programs to Mock Trials.

Courtroom Art Contests - As courtroom artists, students accompany their Mock Trial teams and sketch courtroom scenes that are later judged by a team of art judges. The winner of the art competition represents Contra Costa County at the state finals. Artist rules and registration information can be found here.

Courtroom Journalism Contest - Interested students are given the opportunity to report on a Mock Trial from the perspective of a journalist. As courtroom reporters, students accompany their school's Mock Trial team to the preliminary rounds of the competition. Courtroom reporters write and submit one 500 word news article on the trial they attended. Articles are judged by a panel of specialists. The winner represents Contra Costa County at the state finals. Journalist rules and registration can be found here.



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