A special link from a web visitor
Out of the blue and in the middle of the summer, I received an email from Morgan Konarski, whose daughter Suzy was doing research on Mock Trials. Suzy happened to come across my website page for Mock Trial, and she was able to find some resources and information that helped her in her research for her summer enrichment class. As a thank you, Suzy has passed along a link via her mother that my students might find useful -- one that has a useful glossary of legal terms and an explanation of the trial and jury selection process. The link is Basic Jury, Trial Selection.
Thanks Suzy and Morgan! Have a great summer and good luck in Mock Trial!
We will need new members next October! Freshmen are welcome!
A mock trial is a simulated court trial that features students in the roles of attorneys, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs. 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. The local tournament is in February; the state tournament is in March. 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.
We graduate 11 of our 16 team members in June! Listen up for the announcements and look for our signs in October as we begin to put together our team for 2016!
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 Facebook page!