Mock Trial

2019-2020 Contra Costa County Academic Events

Sixteen High School Mock Trial teams are set for the 2020 Competition... Visit the schedule page for more information.

Congratulations to California High School 2020 County Mock Trial Winners.

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View all of the 2020 results  The California High School Mock Trial Team, lead by teacher coach Brian Barr and attorney coaches Larry Lowe, and Ken Mifsud will represent Contra Costa County at the 39th Annual California State Mock Trial on March 20-22 in Las Angeles, CA. Go Grizzlies!


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. Also, by studying the case and preparing strategies and arguments for trial, students increase their public speaking skills, analytical ability and team cooperation.

Some high schools offer the Mock Trial Program as a class rather than an extra-curricular activity.


Winning Courtroom ArtistCourtroom Art Contest - Students may also participate as courtroom artists by participating in the Courtroom Art Contest, a companion program to Mock Trials. As courtroom artists, students accompany their Mock Trial teams and sketch courtroom scenes that are later judged by a team of art judges. Download artist rules and registration information. The winner will represent Contra Costa County at the state finals.
2019 winning art entry by Reina Cao, Miramonte High School

Download artist rules and registration information (pdf)

Courtroom Journalism Contest - Interested students will be given an opportunity to report on a Mock Trial from the perspective of a journalist. As courtroom reporters, students will accompany their school's Mock Trial teams to the preliminary rounds of the competition. Courtroom reporters will then write and submit one 500 word news article on the trial they attended. Articles will be judged by a panel of specialists. The winner will represent Contra Costa County at the state finals.
Download journalist rules and registration information (pdf)

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