The Mock Trial competition simulates a trial-level proceeding in which students play the roles of pretrial counsel, prosecuting and defense attorneys, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs before a single presiding judge and two to three scoring judges who score individuals based on their legal arguments and presentations.
Each year, unique cases are developed and presented to create powerful learning experiences on the rule of law and our judicial system. Materials are based on important issues facing America's youth. Mock Trial materials include a hypothetical criminal case (summaries of case law, witness statements, official exhibits, simplified rules of evidence) and lesson plans on the central issues in the case. Moot Court case topics engage youth in current-day dialogs that encourage critical thinking about issues our communities are facing.
The pretrial issue and case will be revealed September 7th, 2018
For the 2018-2019 California Mock Trial Team Rulebook
Check back for the full case brief
Butte County Mock Trial
January 16, 2019
North Butte County Courthouse
1755 Concord Avenue, Chico
With the assistance of a Teacher Coach and an Attorney Coach, the Mock Trial and Competition actively engages students from local high schools. Students experience the excitement of working in teams, exchanging ideas, setting goals, and examining issues while interacting with positive role models from their communities. By studying the case and preparing strategies and arguments for trial, students also develop presentation skills, analytic ability, and team cooperation. A typical Mock Trial team consists of 8 to 20 students.
Additional information about Butte County Mock Trial Competition is available by e-mailing or phoning Mary Ellen Garrahy (530-532-5647)
2018-19 Important Dates
|September 3||County Registration Deadline||Required to receive materials and compete at the state finals.|
|September 7||Case Brief and Lesson Plan Released||Available at www.crf-usa.org|
|September 13||Case Released at 3:00pm||Available at www.crf-usa.org with password|
|September 17||Case Materials sent to counties||Submit request with county registration|
|December 14||Mock Trial School Participation Form & Payment Due||2018/2019 School Participation Form|
|January 7||Updated Case Release||Required version for the state finals|
|January 9||School & Student Registration Deadline +||School/Coach Registration Portal |
|February 5||Butte County Mock Trial||North Butte County Courthouse, Chico|
|March 22-24||California State Finals (County Champion Only)||Sacramento|
|May 16-18||National High School Mock Trial Championship||Athens, Georgia|