Mock Trial Competition - February 5th
Mock Trial Competition - February 5th
Ariana Thompson
Monday, January 14, 2019

High School Teams prepared to compete at Butte County Mock Trial

OROVILLE-CA  The Butte County Mock Trial competition will be taking place on February 5, 2019, 9am – 3:30pm at the North Butte County Courthouse in Chico, CA.  The competition involves 2 participating high schools, 40+ high school students, 2 judges, 6 attorney judges and multiple coaches for both teams.  Pleasant Valley High School and Las Plumas High School will be competing against each other for a chance to advance to the state championship, which is held in Sacramento, CA on March 22-24.  

With the assistance of a teacher-sponsor and attorney coach, Mock Trial 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.

Each year, unique cases are developed and presented to create powerful learning experiences on the rule of law and our judicial system. Materials are based on important issues facing America's youth. Mock Trial materials include a hypothetical criminal case and lesson plans on the central issues in the case. 

For more information on Mock Trial or how to get your school involved next year, contact the Butte County Office of Education - Mary Ellen Garrahy, Student Events Manager, 530-532-5647 or mgarrahy@bcoe.org