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Mock Trial Team

What is Mock Trial?

Mock Trial is a simulated court case that students act out. Students will have the opportunity to play the role of an attorney, witness, clerk, or bailiff. The team is given a fictional case with a summary of the facts and witness testimony, and it is up to the prosecution team to prove the defendant guilty or for the defense team to leave the jury with a reasonable doubt.

 

What Do We Do?

Leigh’s mock trial team competes against other teams in the county in a competition in February. For example, our defense team competes against another school’s prosecution. To prepare for the competition, we hold meetings and workshops on select days after school or in the evenings between October and January, with scrimmages in November, December, and January and competitions in January/February.

 

The objectives of the Mock Trial Team are to:

  • Learn about the U.S. criminal justice system, including the rules of evidence, rights of the accused, statutes, charges, and trial advocacy;
  • Learn about Constitutional issues that affect trial procedure;
  • Develop critical thinking skills;
  • Develop public speaking skills, including extemporaneous speech;
  • Simulate a lower court trial;
  • Compete fairly and in accordance with established rules and procedures;
  • Represent the Mock Trial Team and Leigh High School well; and
  • Exercise model sportsmanship, integrity, and teamwork.

How do I Join?

Students may join by audition. Auditions are held in late September or early October. See. Mr. Orr in room 87 for more information, and listen to the daily announcements for information about the interest meeting.

 

AUDITION MATERIALS

Pretrial Attorney Audition Instructions 2018

Trial Attorney Audition Instructions 2018

Witness Audition Instructions 2018

People v. Concha Case Materials (for Trial Attorney and Witness auditions)


To find out more about Mock Trial, visit the Santa Clara County Mock Trial website.