Four teams enter Mock Trial Finals

Following Elite 8 competition Wednesday, four teams have emerged victorious and are heading to the final day of the 30th Annual Riverside County Mock Trial competition Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Riverside Historic Courthouse.

Riverside’s Poly High School will face Temecula’s Great Oak High School and Riverside’s King High School will face Temecula Valley High School in the semi-final round which begins at 9 a.m.

The final round of competition will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by an awards presentation where all four teams will be presented with medals and plaques for placing first, second, or third (two third place teams rather than third and fourth place).

More than 500 students from 26 Riverside County high schools teams have participated in the competition that began February 6 at regional courts in Indio, Temecula and Riverside. (Press release and photos from February 23 Awards Ceremony)

The winning team will go on to represent Riverside County at the California State Mock Trial Competition being held in Riverside from March 22-24, 2013.

Mock Trial involves students arguing cases in front of real judges and scored by real attorneys. Since 1983, more than 11,000 students have participated in Mock Trial in Riverside County. This year students argued People vs. Vega. Vega is charged with felony hit-and-run stemming from an accident. The event is sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education, Riverside County Bar Association, and the Riverside Superior Courts.