Mock trial is part of the Law Related Education and Prevention
Programs, and part of the Student Support Services Department at the
Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE), it provides students
throughout the county with opportunities to engage in law and justice
Mock Trial is a trial simulation where students form defense and
prosecuting teams and compete against each other before a judge in a
courtroom. Participants develop critical thinking skills, confidence in
public speaking, and knowledge of legal practices and procedures. After
receiving the case in early fall, Mock Trial students dedicate a
tremendous amount of time and effort preparing for the February
Mock Trial is coordinated by Law Related Education
Programs in collaboration with the Santa Cruz County Bar Association,
Superior Court of California Santa Cruz, and the Santa Cruz Trial
Lawyers Association. February 2011 marked the 22st Annual Santa Cruz
County Mock Trial.
Nearly 8,000 students throughout the state of
California participate in local Mock Trial competitions. Through
performance-based education, these students further their knowledge of
our judicial system, history, content and conduct of our legal system,
analytical abilities, communication skills, and team cooperation. Mock
Trial teams receive guidance in courtroom procedures and trial
preparation from volunteer attorney coaches.
Locally, over 20
attorneys volunteer as competition scorers and are given specific
scoring criteria. The students are scored on team sportsmanship,
presentation skills, analytic ability, and team cooperation.
Approximately 10 local judges and commissioners volunteer to preside
over the competition, making decisions regarding the running of the
trial, rulings on pretrial arguments, competition violations, and
announcing the verdict.
The Santa Cruz Mock Trial competition
proceeds over the course of three days. Throughout the first two days,
each team participates in two scored rounds. On the third day, the top
four highest scored teams compete in the semi-finals. The top two teams
then advanced to the finals. The award ceremony immediately follows the
final round and recognizes students' outstanding work.
Cruz Mock Trial winner will compete at the state level against the
winning teams from participating counties. Forty-four states, U.S.
territories, and South Korea will participate in the two-day national
Soquel High School is looking for students for next year's team. Contact David Kline at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning
more about the program. In addition, students earn 2.5 elective credits per semester toward their graduation requirements!
Starting in September, students meet Monday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the library.