Mock Trial Program
We are committed to providing meaningful volunteer opportunities for attorneys and judges who are interested in working with high school students. Please contact us to volunteer your skills and expertise.
Contra Costa County 2016:
The 35th Annual Contra Costa County
High School Mock Trial Needs You!
Mock Trial is an academic program in which schools compete at the county, state and national levels. The program allows students to acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system and encourages them to develop their analytical abilities and communication skills while gaining increased self-confidence.
Your expertise in a courtroom setting is needed to measure the efforts of budding young "Perry Masons." You sit in the jury box and score, or sit on the bench and judge, while students, acting as witnesses and attorneys, try an entire case in a timed exchange.
Students argue a pre-trial motion, direct and cross-examine witnesses, make objections and present an opening statement and closing argument. One school's prosecution team competes against another school's defense team. After the preliminary rounds, winning teams move forward and the eventual 1st Place team will represent our county at the state competition. This year we have 16 participating schools and WE NEED YOUR HELP!
February 2, 4, 9, & 11 (Preliminary Rounds)
February 16 (Quarterfinals)
February 18 (Semifinals)
February 23 (Finals and Consolation round)
Time: Approximately 5 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: A.F. Bray Courthouse in Martinez
How: Complete the Volunteer form and select a date(se) that works best for you. Fax it to the County Office of Education at (925) 942-3454 or email to:
Download and fill out this application: Mock Trial Volunteer Application
Case materials and instructions will be mailed and emailed upon receipt of Volunteer form
If you have any questions, or are interested in volunteering for this program, please contact:
Phone: (925) 942-3429
Phone: (925) 370-2540
The Mock Trial Competition is a national program through which students learn key concepts of our judicial system and hone critical thinking and debate skills.
In the competitions, teams of high school students portray key players in the courtroom in a simulation of a criminal case with a pretrial motion of a Bill of Rights issue.
Local judges preside, and attorneys rate the students’ performances from the jury box. These competitions are usually held in January and February at the Alameda County Superior Court Administration Building.
Volunteer & Contact Information for Alameda County
For more information or to sign up to volunteer for one or more of the evenings, contact:
Mock Trial Attorney-Judge Coordinator
Phone: (510) 206-7366