Mock Trial Program

This academic program gives high school students a platform to compete at county, state and national levels – and offers attorneys and judges a meaningful volunteer opportunity.

Mock Trial Programs allow 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. You can learn more about the Contra Costa County Office of Education’s Mock Trial program here.

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.

Here’s how things go down:

  • One school’s prosecution team competes against another school’s defense team.
  • Students argue a pre-trial motion, direct and cross-examine witnesses, make objections and present an opening statement and closing argument.
  • After the preliminary rounds, winning teams move forward and the eventual 1st place team will represent our county at the state competition.

The 38th Annual Contra Costa County High School Mock Trial, 2020


  • January 28, 30; February 4, 6  (Preliminary Rounds – Eight competitions each night)
  • February 11 (Quarterfinals)
  • February 13  (Semifinals)
  • February 18 (Finals and Consolation round – Two competitions)

Where: Courtrooms in Martinez

This year we are expecting as many as 20 participating schools and need your help – especially during the preliminary rounds! More information is available here.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact:

Jonathan Lance
Phone: (925) 942-3429

Case materials and instructions will be mailed and emailed upon receipt of your volunteer form.