Mock Trial is a competition team that holds a hypothetical criminal case trial in a court of law. Students try out for the team in early fall. There are no prerequisites to try out for the team. Students should be interested in public speaking, building confidence, and a desire to be part of a close-knit team. Students compete with other high school Mock Trial teams throughout Fresno County. Mock Trial was created to help students acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, to develop the ability to think on their feet, and to gain an understating of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of society. Each year the Mock Trial team is given a new case that covers issues facing America’s youth of today.
Students begin practicing twice a week during the fall and then up to four times per week as the competition season begins in late winter/early spring. Typically each team will compete four to six rounds. The winners of the county competition go on to the State Finals in March.
Tryouts for the 2015-16 season will be announced in the Clovis High Morning Announcements in early fall 2015. Interested students will fill out a tryout form. During tryouts students are given a script from a trial. They are given a few minutes to read over it and practice. They will then present their script to the coaches. There are several different jobs on a Mock Trial team. Students could be selected to be anything from an attorney, witness, defendant, bailiff or time keeper. All jobs are EQUALLY important to a Mock Trial team’s success!
Clovis High School’s Mock Trial team has claimed the Fresno County Championships for many years in a row.