The Santa Barbara County Mock Trial competition is designed to provide an educational experience for high school students in key concepts of the law, the Constitution, and the American legal system. Students prepare their cases with the help of teacher advisors and attorneys who volunteer as coaches. As the students prepare to portray each of the principal characters of the case in the courtroom, they develop not only knowledge of the law but also skills in public speaking, critical thinking and interpersonal interaction.
All teams will present both prosecution and defense arguments in a case developed by the Constitutional Rights Foundation for each year’s statewide competition. After the initial rounds of competition, four teams advance to the semifinals and finals on the following Saturday.
The local winner will represent Santa Barbara County at the state Mock Trial competition later in the spring. The winner of the state contest will then compete for the national championship.
The Mock Trial competition is sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Education Office and the Constitutional Rights Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping youth become more informed, active and responsible citizens.
For additional information about Mock Trial in Santa Barbara County, please contact Ms. Pat Noronha at (805) 964-4710. ext. 5289