36th Annual Mock Trial
2018 Theme: People v Davidson, A Murder Trial

Oct 26:               Mock Trial Logo Contest Deadline
Dec 11:              Competition Registration Opens

Jan 18:               Competition Registration Deadline

Jan 19:               All Paperwork completed and to VCOE
Feb 26-27:         Competition Day 1 & 2

Feb 28-March 1:   Finals

March 5:            Awards Ceremony 

March 16-18:    State Finals, Orange County
May 10-13:       Nationals, Reno, NV

Mock Trial Logo Contest Flyer

 Submission Deadline Oct. 26

Students in grades 9 to 12 portray each of the principals in the cast of courtroom characters. Student teams study a hypothetical case, conduct legal research, receive guidance from volunteer attorneys in courtroom procedure and trial preparation, and present their case before volunteer judges.

The Mock Trial brings together students, teachers, and legal professionals from around the county to: Instill in our youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights; Educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society; Help students acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system; Develop analytical abilities and communication skills; Provide an understanding of the obligations and responsibilities required of our societies members; and Extend and reinforce the History and Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools.

Since 1984 the Ventura County Office of Education has partnered with the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) to provide the Mock Trial for our students. The goal of the Constitutional Rights Foundation is to "instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society.” Mock Trial is designed to clarify the workings of our legal institutions for students through first-hand experience.

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