Canyon Mock Trial
Organized by: David Heck
November 02, 2016
Mock Trial is an exciting program that gives students an opportunity to see the justice system at work. Though they have never even sat on a jury, our students will train to the play the actors in a simulated courtroom drama. It takes a lot of dedication and resources to get this program off the ground.
Students will receive the following:
- access to the case materials
- coaching after school from practicing attorneys
- two teacher advisors, Mr. Heck and Mr. Gaulin, to provide the venue for practices, administrative help, and mentorship
- the use of the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana in November
- feedback on their performances after the trials from real judges, District Attorneys, and new and retired attorneys
- the opportunity to receive awards for their portrayals as witness, attorneys, bailiffs, artists, and journalists.
We are trying to raise $2200 to be able to field two full teams this year, the cost to submit the two teams to the Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation's competition (occrf.org). We also use buses, which is around $800, to provide safe transportation to and from the courthouse in Santa Ana for all the rounds.
This breaks down to about $100 per student, so we are suggesting a voluntary donation of this amount; however, any amount is appreciated. No students will be barred from participating in this activity of negatively impacted because of an inability to raise money for the program. If the program is not financially feasible, the program may be canceled or modified.
Last year, we were able to raise the money and had a successful season. With your donation, the Mock Trial students will be one step closer to taking part in this one-of-a-kind experience. Thank you!