A mock trial is a simulated court trial that features students in the roles of attorneys, witnesses, court clerks, bailiffs and jurors. Teams of nine to twenty students from approximately 25 area schools study a hypothetical criminal case, conduct research and prepare for their day(s) in court. Teams are scored by real attorneys on how effectively they prepare and present their case. County winners go on to state competition; state winners compete in a national Mock Trial in May. The local competition is sponsored by the Sacramento County Office of Education.
Local Tournament Results, 2015: 1 Win - 2 losses - 1 Tie
Round 1: RCHS 176 Sheldon 176, TIE. In a tie score situation, the presiding judge breaks it with a tiebreaker independent of his announced "verdict", which has no bearing on the outcome of the competition. He gave the victory to Sheldon.
Round 2: RCHS 145 (51.4184%) Sacramento 139 (48.5816%) WIN
Round 3: RCHS 210 (47.9452%) St. Francis 228 (52.0548%) LOSS
Round 4: RCHS 228 (48.0687%) Rio Americano 242 (51.9313%) LOSS
Mock Trial Season Calendar Google Calendar (to be updated in October)
- Mock Trial Wiki - post your material here for all team members and coaches to access and comment. Email me if you didn't get an invitation to join. Be sure to include your name in the email, or I may not know who you are. No one gets access to the wiki who is not a member of the team.
- Case brief: People v Shem
- The Case Packet People v Shem -- password protected; see me for the password
- Forms and downloads from CRF (Errata, casebook, exhibits, handbooks, rules, forms)
- Team Rule Book
- Highlights to changes this year
- Attorney/Judge Handbook
- Online Trial Game: Make Your Case from Scholastic, Make Your Case is a courtroom trial simulation in which students control the action in a television-like trial. Students play the role of attorneys in a civil case involving a traffic accident between a bicyclist and a driver. Practice in trial decision-making, objections, and statement/argument preparation.
- CRF Mock Trial Message Board - Join and discuss the case with other students and coaches from throughout the state; this board may be dead with the establishment of the...
- CRF Mock Trial Facebook page!
Courtroom Artist and Journalist Information