Riverside Poly High School is crowned 2013 Mock Trial champion

Poly High celebrates

Poly High School team celebrates finishing first in the 2013 Mock Trial Competition at the Riverside Historic Courthouse.

After nearly a month of court battles and four hours of legal drama on the final day of competition, Riverside’s Poly High School emerged as the 2013 Riverside County Mock Trial champion Saturday (March 2, 2013) at the Riverside Historic Courthouse.

King High School, also from Riverside, finished second. Temecula Valley and Temecula Great Oak High School tied for third (photos).

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.

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.

Individual winners were announced February 23. Please refer to the Final 4 and Elite 8 Awards Ceremony press releases, and find more information on Mock Trial and all Riverside County student events at www.rcoe.us/student-events.