Court Is Now In Session: 500+ Students Ready for Riverside County Mock Trial Competition

34th annual competition features 30 teams from 29 high schools with first round of competition in Indio, Murrieta, and Riverside on Wednesday, February 8.

team stands in historic courtroom

Poly High School celebrates their 16th Riverside County Mock Trial title after the 2016 competition.

RIVERSIDE – With headlines across the nation highlighting life-altering legal activities of immigrants on a daily basis, more than 500 high school students in Riverside County will enter their own local courtrooms in Indio, Murrieta, and Riverside starting on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, to showcase their legal acumen involving a fictional case involving an immigrant during the first round of the 34th Annual Riverside County Mock Trial.

Mock Trial involves students arguing cases in front of real judges, and scored by real attorneys. The competition is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 enrolled in public and private high schools in Riverside County. Teams consist of 8-25 students filling the courtroom roles of defense and prosecution attorneys, witnesses, clerks, and more.

This year, student competitors will be arguing the fictional case of People v. Awbrey. The trial focuses on Cameron Awbrey, a restaurant owner, who is being charged with human trafficking and false imprisonment of Lin Stark, an immigrant from the country of Tanterra.

In the 2016 competition, Poly High School (Riverside USD) defeated Murrieta Valley High School to clinch their 16th title in the 33 years the competition has been held in Riverside County.

Blue ribbon award and paid internship recipients will be named after the first four rounds of the competition at 2 p.m. on February 25, at Bourns Technology Center in Riverside. The semi-finals and finals are set for Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Riverside Historic Courthouse. The winning team will represent the county at the California Mock Trial competition which will also be hosted in Riverside March 24-26.


First round matchups (prosecution vs. defense) on Wednesday, February 8 are as follows:

Desert – Larson Justice Center, 46-200 Oasis Street, Indio

  • Poly High School vs. Indio High School
  • Xavier College Preparatory School vs. Palo Verde Valley High School
  • Coachella Valley High School vs. Palm Valley High School
  • Palm Desert High School vs. Amistad High School

Southwest – Southwest Justice Center, 30755-D Auld Road, Murrieta

  • Temecula Preparatory School vs. Lakeside High School
  • Great Oak High School vs. Hemet High School
  • Temecula Valley High School vs. Murrieta Valley High School (Red)
  • Paloma Valley High School vs. Murrieta Valley High School (Black)
  • Chaparral High School vs. San Jacinto High School

Riverside – Robert Presley Hall of Justice, 4100 Main Street, Riverside

  • Notre Dame High School vs. Arlington High School
  • Patriot High School vs. Citrus Hill High School
  • Santiago High School vs. Jurupa Valley High School
  • Valley View High School vs. Eleanor Roosevelt High School
  • John W. North High School vs. Centennial High School
  • Ramona High School vs. Martin Luther King High School

For a complete listing of the schedules and locations for all rounds of the competition, visit the Mock Trial micro-site at

The Riverside County Mock Trial is sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE), the Riverside County Bar Association (RCBA), and the Riverside Superior Courts, in cooperation with the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF). Since 1983, more than 13,000 Riverside County students have participated in Mock Trial.