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Mock Trial

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 (new each year), practice and prepare for their day(s) in court. Teams are scored by real attorneys on how effectively they present their case. Starting in late October, we practice two to three times per week in preparation for competition. Practice rounds are in January. 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.

2017 Results

Local Results (3-1)

Local Round 1: Defense 273 (61.21%) vs Kennedy 173 (38.8%) WIN

Local Round 2: Prosecution 538 (49.81%) vs Jesuit 542 (50.18%) LOSS

Local Round 3: Prosecution 415 (50.79%) vs Laguna Creek 402 (49.20%) WIN

Local Round 4: Defense 478 (50.31%) vs St. Francis 472 (49.68%) WIN

 

River City Mock Trial represented Yolo County in the Sacramento Regional Mock Trial Tournament February 1-27 at the Gordon B. Schaber Courthouse in downtown Sacramento. For the first time in 20 years, River City won three rounds in the local tournament, finishing #2 overall (by percentage of points scored) after the preliminary rounds. Round MVP awards were given by our opponents to team members Ivy Tillich (twice), Trhemson Desean-Concepcion, and Liam Stack. Individual River City students receiving medals from the tournament judges included Tremson Desean-Concepcion as a top pre-trial attorney, Ivy Tillich as one of the top witnesses, and Taher Rhuma as a top prosecution attorney and team MVP. As the sole Yolo County school in the competition, River City had the option to advance to state competition in Riverside. Instead, we decided to accept an invitation to participate in the inaugural Golden State Mock Trial Tournament held in Sacramento in April.

 

Golden State Tournament Results (1-3)

State Round 1: Prosecution 186 (44.81%) vs Trinity Christian A (Ventura Co.) 229 (55.89%) LOSS

State Round 2: Defense 162 (47.23%) vs Centennial (San Diego) 181 (52.76%) LOSS

State Round 3: Defense 180 (47.74%) vs ByeBuster team 197 (52.25%) LOSS

State Round 4: Prosecution 189 (53.84%) vs ByeBuster team 162 (46.15%) WIN


Trinity Christian C defeated Trinity Christian B for the Tournament Championship. Centennial finished 3rd.

 

The River City Mock Trial team competed in the inaugural Golden State Mock Trial invitational tournament held in Sacramento over the weekend of April 28-30 at the Sacramento County Courthouse in downtown Sacramento and The Hyatt Hotel. The tournament featured an entirely new case (which students had to learn in a matter of a few weeks), and top teams from up and down the state, including many recent state champions. Team members Alexis Villanueva, Olivia Thomas, Hunter Cradit, and Trhemson Desean-Conccepcion received MVP recognition for the competition in each round. Olivia Thomas received the third-highest overall score among witnesses in the entire tournament and was recognized with a tournament Witness Award at the Closing Ceremonies.

 

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