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Ventura County Mock Trial
2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013 State Champions!!!

 Congratulations La Reina Mock Trial Team!!!

Awards Ceremony PowerPoint

2015 Ventura County Mock Trial Champions

Congratulations also go to:

2nd Place: Trinity Pacific Omega
3rd Place: Santa Susana Troubadours
4th Place: Westlake High School
5th Place: Grace Brethren Lancers
6th Place: Newbury Park Gold
7th Place: Trinity Pacific Kappa
8th Place: Agoura High School

 

2015 Theme: People v Shem: An Art Theft

The Mock Trial is designed to clarify the workings of our legal institutions for students through first-hand experience.

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. 

Each county office sponsors a local Mock Trial competition and declares a winning team from our high schools to compete in the State Finals in Sacramento. This is a unique opportunity for high school students to demonstrate their academic achievements in a challenging experience with the key concepts of law and courtroom drama.

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
  • Extend and reinforce the History and Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools

Each year approximately 500 Ventura County students, in grades 9-12, actively experience the excitement of working in teams, exchanging ideas, setting goals, and examining issues while interacting with positive role models from their communities.

 

The winning county team is then invited to the State Mock Trial to compete with their peers from across California where many of our past teams have then gone on to compete in the National Mock Trial.

Approximately 200 attorneys from throughout Ventura County volunteer their time to serve as judges for the Mock Trial.
Tradition
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.”

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