Heritage High School Mock Trial Team is a - mostly - student-run club that competes at the February Contra Costa County Mock Trials competition every year as well as in scrimmages and invitationals. It is by far the coolest club on campus. Mock trials practices are held in Mr. Rust's room on Thursdays from 3:15-5:00 (although in January we practically live there). Last year, Heritage Mock Trial
What is Mock Trial?
Briefly stated, Mock Trial is a high school team competition in which we simulate a criminal court case. One team is the prosecution while the other is the defense. There are three lawyers on each side and four witnesses on each side. The Constitutional Rights Foundation sends out one case packet each year for all California high school teams. Case packets have all the testimony and evidence we use to make our case, and each one has a unique story. Last year was about an art theft and the year before was about police brutality. There have also been cases about drugs, murder, and other fun stuff. This year's case People v. Awbrey focuses on human trafficking.
Thinking About Joining Heritage Mock Trial?
Whether you’re a freshman figuring out which of Heritage’s clubs would be a good fit, an upperclassman hoping to add a fun activity, or a student who has taken Mr. Rust's Mock Trials and Principles of Justice class, mock trial might be just the thing for you. Mock trials is a great way to develop skills in public speaking, critical thinking, and acting. Additionally, mock trials will aid your confidence and ability to think on your feet. It is NOT essential to want a degree in law for mock trials to be beneficial to you! Heritage Mock Trial re-auditions every year in September, and roles are diverse. They include pre-trial attorneys, lawyers, witnesses, experts, bailiff, and court clerk. Closer to competition time, interested courtroom artists and courtroom journalists are also sought. Stop by Mr. Rust's room for more information!