Mock Trial News
River City Mock Trial has accepted an invitation to participate in the inaugural Golden State Tournament in Sacramento April 28-30. The Golden State Tournament is sponsored by Golden State Mock Trial, a non-profit that was created to promote Mock Trial at a high level throughout the state. The tournament sponsors are among an emerging group of organizations across the country -- including Empire Mock Trial and Standup Mock Trial in southern California -- that create high-level competitions for elite programs. After River City finished 3-1 in our local tournament, GSMT organizers contacted us and offered an invitation to compete. Rather than participating in the CRF State Tournament in Riverside, 12 River City students have committed to learning the new case and rules to prepare for this high-level competition in our own backyard. We're excited, nervous, and energized all at the same time!
Welcome to Mock Trial!
A mock trial is a simulated court trial that features students in the roles of attorneys, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs. Mock Trial is a competition with teams of nine to twenty students from approximately 25 area schools that study a hypothetical criminal case, conduct research and prepare for their day(s) in court. We practice two to three times per week in preparation for competition. Teams are scored by real attorneys on how effectively they 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.