Mock Trial


The Mock Trial competition simulates a trial-level proceeding in which students play the roles of pretrial counsel, prosecuting and defense attorneys, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs before a single presiding judge and two to three scoring judges who score individuals based on their legal arguments and presentations.

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 (summaries of case law, witness statements, official exhibits, simplified rules of evidence) and lesson plans on the central issues in the case. Moot Court case topics engage youth in current-day dialogs that encourage critical thinking about issues our communities are facing.

The pretrial issue and case will be revealed September 7th, 2019 

For the 2019-2020 California Mock Trial Team Rulebook


Check back for the full case brief:  People Vs. Matsumoto:  A Murder Trial

Butte County Mock Trial 

*DAte not confirmed* 2019 

North Butte County Courthouse 

1755 Concord Avenue, Chico


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.

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Contact Information

Additional information about Butte County Mock Trial Competition is available by e-mailing or phoning Mary Ellen Garrahy (530-532-5647)

2019-2020 Important Dates

September 3
County Registration DeadlineRequired to receive materials and compete at the state finals.
September 7Case Brief and Lesson Plan ReleasedAvailable at www.crf-usa.org
September 13Case Released at 3:00pmAvailable at www.crf-usa.org with password
September 17Case Materials sent to countiesSubmit request with county registration
December 14Mock Trial School Participation Form & Payment DueSchool Participation Form
January 7Updated Case ReleaseRequired version for the state finals
January 9School & Student Registration Deadline +

Team Roster,

Team Registration,

Ethic Roster,

Student Permission Slip

School/Coach Registration Portal 

*DATE NOT CONFIRMED*Butte County Mock TrialNorth Butte County Courthouse, Chico
March 20-22California State Finals (County Champion Only)Los Angeles
May 6-9National High School Mock Trial ChampionshipEvansville, IN