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Tulare County Mock Trial
Tulare County Office of Education along with the Tulare County Bar Association and Constitutional Rights Foundation sponsors the Mock Trial Program in Tulare County. Participating in the Mock Trial program is somewhat like being in a play. The student lives the part of the character during the trial. The difference is that no one has a set script. Students need to be good listeners and quick thinkers to respond in character. 

Art & Journalism Contest
During Round 2 of the regular competition, students competed in the Art and Journalism competition. Students submitted original creations for judging to determine which students would represent Tulare County at the California Mock Trial Competition.

Journalism Entries
Team 1 - Blaine Roche
Team 10 - Tavii Garcia
Team 10 - Kari Pendegraft

Art Entries
Team 10 Art Submission BR Team 1 Art Submission KL Team 3 Art Submission AE Team 10 Art Submission RC
The Team
Courtroom Photo Each team consists of nine to twenty high school students, with the help of a sponsoring teacher and a volunteer attorney coach. The team prepares and presents the trial from the perspectives of the prosecution and the defense. Roles for mock trial team members include trial attorneys, pretrial motion attorneys, witnesses, clerks, and bailiffs. Larger teams have separate students who play those roles as prosecution and defense. 
Some schools offer the Mock Trial Program as a class rather than an extra-curricular activity. 
The Value
Students will develop listening, thinking and public speaking skills. Team cooperation and courtroom etiquette is also stressed. In addition, they learn about one of the most basic freedoms of life in the United States. The legal system is so important in the United States that it defines what we can do just as much as the laws that govern us. Everyone will eventually have experience in the legal system as a juror, judge, attorney, court reporter, court clerk, bailiff, witness, family member or defendant. 
This in-depth program allows students to develop an expertise and comfort with the judicial system. 

To learn more about Mock Trial,
visit the official Tulare County Mock Trial site.



Event Details
Coaches' Meeting
October 21, 2021

Regular Rounds 1-4

January 25 & February 1, 2022
Tulare County Superior Court, Visalia

January 27 & February 3, 2022
Tulare County Superior Court, Porterville

February 10, 2022
Tulare County Superior Court, Visalia

February 17, 2022
Granite Hills Legal Justice Center
1701 E. Putnam, Porterville (Olive St. entrance)
Art and Journalism Competition
Round 2 - held on January 27, 2022


Event Contact:
Student Event Coordinator
(559) 651-0565


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