RIVERSIDE – The verdict is in, and Poly High School has emerged victorious at the 31st Annual Riverside County Mock Trial Competition held at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Riverside on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
After a month of competition that started with 26 teams from across the county, the morning’s semifinal round competitions saw King High School defeat Great Oak High School of Temecula and Poly High School advance over Hemet High School. The final round competition pitted King as the prosecution and Poly as the legal team that successfully represented the defendant. Presiding over the activities was the Honorable Virginia A. Phillips who congratulated students on their hard work and dedication before Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Kenneth M. Young announced Poly as the 2014 champions.
Poly High School will represent Riverside County at the California Mock Trial Competition to be held on March 21-23 in San Jose.
Mock Trial involves students arguing cases in front of real judges and scored by real attorneys. The competition featured students in grades 9 through 12 enrolled in public and private high schools in Riverside County. Teams of 8-20 students filled the courtroom roles of defense and prosecution attorneys, witnesses, clerk, and more. This year, students argued the fictional case of a high school student charged with second-degree murder in the death of a fellow student.
The Riverside County Mock Trial was sponsored by Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE), Riverside County Bar Association (RCBA), and Riverside Superior Courts, in cooperation with the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF). Since 1983, more than 11,500 students have participated in Mock Trial in Riverside County.