Champions of the Court

The Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) Mock Trial Team recently defeated 28 other high schools in the San Diego County Competition. Each year, the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) holds a mock trail competition for high school students. Teams consist of a defense and prosecution, with one pre-trail attorney, three trail attorneys, and four witnesses on each side, as well as a bailiff and clerk. Each student is assigned to a role within the team based on their ability to persuade, confidence in delivery, and capacity to develop arguments quickly. Each team received the same case packet with mock trail materials including summaries of case law, witness statements, official exhibits, and simplified rules of evidence in order to prepare their case. The SRHS team worked diligently for five months, practicing and developing arguments and strategies with the help of their three attorney coaches Deborah Cumba, Kristin Rayder, and Christopher Todd, as well as teacher-sponsor Heather Francisco.

On the final day of the four-day competition, SRHS and the Academy of Our Lady of Peace had an absolute numerical tie for first place, prompting both teams to enter the final championship round. Concluding the final championship trial, it was announced that the two teams had tied once again. In the end, Judge David M. Gill selected the SRHS Mock Trial Team as the winner of the competition. The team moved on to represent San Diego County in the state competition in Riverside at the end of March.

CRF created the Mock Trial program to help students acquire a working knowledge of the judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of society. Learn more at www.sdmocktrial.org.