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Mock Trial

First meeting Tuesday, Oct. 16

We have our first organizational meeting on October 16 after school in Room 861. Thereafter we practice Tuesdays and Thursdays and some Saturdays in preparation for competition. This is a team, not a club. Practice rounds are in January. The local tournament is in February; the state tournament is in March. County winners go on to state competition; state winners compete in a national Mock Trial in May. The local competition is sponsored by the Sacramento County Office of Education.

A mock trial is a simulated court trial that features students in the roles of attorneys, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs. Mock Trial is a competition with teams of nine to twenty students from approximately 20 area schools that study a hypothetical criminal case (new each year), practice and prepare for their day(s) in court. Teams are scored by real attorneys on how effectively they present their case.

Common questions:

1. If you are an athlete that practices every day, can you join?

Students participating in a winter sport find it almost impossible to do both. You really can’t do two sports in the same season. Fall and spring sports should be OK; fall sports will be almost over by the time we really get going, and we’ve been able to work with spring coaches well, especially tennis (yea Dave!) to work around conflicts.

2. Can you join next semester, or is it a yearlong commitment?

Uh, no. This is a team, it’s not a club. We have a “season” (November through March) with practices and a competition schedule. Students have “positions” in sports and roles on our team that other students rely on. Think of it this way… could you just join the basketball team mid-way through the season?

3. Is the class and after school team the same thing? What are the differences?

The Law class is an academic class in criminal law with a textbook, quizzes, exams, etc. We just happen to use the same case material for the final exam, but the class and the team are completely separate. Think of the Mock Trial team like a sports team… just because you may take a basketball class in PE doesn’t mean you’re on the school basketball team, and basketball team members don’t have to take a PE class. They are two separate things.

Mock Trial Calendar

2018 Results

Preliminary Rounds (2-2)

Round 1  RCHS Defense  45%, Del Campo  55%  LOSS  MVP: Jah’Cayla Moore

Round 2  RCHS Prosecution  49% St. Francis  51%  LOSS  MVP: Calvin McGee

Round 3  RCHS Prosecution  55%  John F. Kennedy  45%  WIN  MVP: Hunter Cradit

Round 4  RCHS Defense  50.5%   Highlands  49.5%  WIN   MVP: Melina Dhillon


Yolo County Championship

RCHS Prosecution  48%  Da Vinci Charter Academy  52%  LOSS  MVP: Hunter Cradit


Tournament Awards (selected by the scorers and judges):

Team MVP: Calvin McGee

Top Attorney: Calvin McGee

Top Witnesses: Melina Dhillon, Isabella Zink

Top Clerk: Madison Her


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