What is Mock Trial?
Mock Trial is an academic competition. Each school’s team prepares for a simulated criminal trial, including witnesses who must know the facts of their witness statement, trial attorneys who must prepare direct & cross examination questions, pretrial attorneys who argue constitutional issues relevant to the trial, and even the court bailiff.
During competition season, one school’s Prosecution will argue their case against another school’s Defense. In San Mateo County, we have the privilege of using the official courthouse in Redwood City, so our students get as authentic a trial experience as possible.
The facts and statements of the case are written each year by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, which also oversees the State Finals, where each county’s winning school participates in each March.