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Butte county mock trial winning team

Butte county mock trial winning team

Las Plumas HS Winning Team
On Friday, Las Plumas High School and Inspire School of Arts and Sciences competed in the Butte County Mock Trial, with Las Plumas winning. Hosted by the Butte County Office of Education in Butte County Courthouse, students presented their cases in a courtroom before actual judges and attorneys for Mock Trial. As this year's judges, Tamara L. Mosbarger and Virginia Gingery presided. 
Students from both schools studied the "case" of People v. Franks, in which a young actor, Jordan Franks, was charged with robbery and battery. It is necessary for the students to prepare arguments for both prosecution and defense throughout the competition; this gives them an understanding of applicable legal and factual issues.


“Mock Trial provides students with valuable and practical insight into the legal system, students learn how to work as part of a team, along with building their communication and critical thinking skills within a competitive environment."
-Erika Romo, Butte County Deputy District Attorney and co-coach of the Las Plumas team
“I decided to do mock trial because I’ve always had an interest in our legal system and would love to become a constitutional lawyer someday. I learned more about specific legal processes as well as getting to learn about pretrial."
-Inspire senior Eliana Hinnenberg, student team captain
About--Mock Trial
For the 2022-2023 California Mock Trial Team Rulebook
Check back for the full case brief: People v. Frank's


February 10, 2023
With the assistance of a Teacher Coach and an Attorney Coach, the Mock Trial and Competition actively engages students from local high schools. Students experience the excitement of working in teams, exchanging ideas, setting goals, and examining issues while interacting with positive role models from their communities. By studying the case and preparing strategies and arguments for trial, students also develop presentation skills, analytic ability, and team cooperation. A typical Mock Trial team consists of 8 to 20 students.


"Whenever we have Mock Trials in real courtrooms in front of real judges and real people, my heart stops beating for a second. But then with one glance from the people I've surrounded myself for months, the people that I've fought and stressed out with...that one look is enough for my heart to start pumping out adrenaline to overcome any level of stage fright and insecurities."
-Kryzel Jhae Dequito
"I loved the case and Mock Trial in general."
-Cyan Vang 
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2022-23 Important Dates

2022-23 Important Dates

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