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Torrey Pines High School Wins 18th Annual San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition

Torrey Pines High School Wins 18th Annual San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition
Students from Torrey Pines High School won the San Diego County Mock Trial Competition

Torrey Pines High School’s Mock Trial team topped 37 other San Diego County high school teams to win the annual legal competition. The team will now represent San Diego County in the statewide Mock Trial competition March 22 to 24 in Los Angeles. 

The San Diego County Mock Trial program provides high school students with the opportunity to experience the legal field in courtrooms rather than classrooms. Teams of students take on the roles of lawyers and witnesses facing off on a hypothetical case in front of actual state and federal judges.

“Mock Trial offers students hands-on experience to learn about the law and the Constitution,” said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. “By participating in this annual program and spending countless hours preparing, students know how to evaluate facts and make persuasive arguments – both of which are career and life skills.”

Hundreds of attorneys and judges were called on to support the competition. A total of 239 San Diego County attorneys served as scorers for the competition and another 110 attorneys volunteered their time to be coaches for the competing teams. Throughout four rounds of the competition and semi-finals, 64 judges presided over trials and 79 volunteers served as courtroom monitors.

The annual event is hosted at the San Diego Superior Court’s Central Courthouse and is organized by the Mock Trial Committee, which includes representatives from the San Diego Superior Court, the San Diego County Bar Association, U.S. District Court Southern District of California, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego City Attorney’s Office, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, San Diego County Public Defender’s Office, Federal Defenders, Inc., U.S. Attorney’s Office, and San Diego Paralegal Association. Each year’s trial topic and contents are outlined by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. 

Visit sdmocktrial.org for more information about the San Diego County Mock Trial competition.


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