39th Annual Mock Trial

2021 Theme: People v. Croddy

Case Brief: People v. Croddy

With the many changes our school districts, staff, and students continue to experience during this time of Covid-19, the Ventura County Office of Education believes it is more important than ever for Ventura County student competitions to take place during the 2020-21 school year. VCOE, In partnership with event coordinators and planners from across California and beyond, will be providing virtual versions of Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, Robotics and Science Fair during the COVID-19 school closures.

We want to continue to encourage and recognize our exceptionally talented students in their pursuit of academic excellence. In addition, these virtual events will continue to provide our students with solid work ethics and valuable life skills such as; public speaking, interview, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.

What will Virtual Student Competitions look like?

As we work to plan these upcoming events, we must take into account the many unknown circumstances that lie ahead. That said, this year’s competitions will be both familiar and a bit different. We are working hard to keep the components of each program in place. The big difference will be, instead of everyone meeting in person to compete, students, coaches, judges and parents will all be meeting virtually.

That means that our competitions will be moving to online platforms that will host registration, video conferencing, scoring and so forth. We will be much more reliant on technology to bring us together and provide us with feedback.

Student Competitions Virtual Setup Guide:

One thing we know for sure is that video conferencing will play a huge role in bringing us together. So we have prepared the VIRTUAL Student Competitions Setup Guide Looking your best in cyberspace, to help you look and perform your best.

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 1983 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.