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Mock Trials

A "mock trial" is a simulation of a lower-court trial, providing students with the opportunity to participate in a rehearsed, interactive fictional trial to gain firsthand insight into the Court's role in the judicial branch of government. The Court can arrange a one-hour session where students can play the roles of attorneys, witnesses, jurors, and judge.

This arrangement accommodates anywhere from six to 20 active participants. Open to all educational and community-based organizations, it is designed for students in grades 2-8 but can also accommodate older students. Students must prepare and rehearse roles before the actual mock trial in the courthouse.

To schedule a mock trial with a judge who will provide constructive feedback and encouragement, please contact us at visit@scscourt.org or phone (408) 882-2709. 

  • Students play the roles of attorneys, witnesses, jurors and judge
  • Accommodates anywhere from six to 20 active participants (generally, there is no limit on the number of audience members)
  • Open to all educational, community-based organizations
  • Designed for students in grades 2-8 but can also accommodate older students
  • Students must prepare and rehearse roles before actual mock trial in the courthouse
  • Below are links to resource materials, including instructions and mock trial cases:

Click here to see our brochure on Court & Community , which includes information on mock trials.

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