More than 500 students from 26 Riverside County high schools teams will compete in the 30th Annual Riverside County Mock Trial competition beginning today at regional courts in Indio, Temecula and Riverside.
The competition begins at 6 p.m.
Mock Trial involves students arguing cases in front of real judges and scored by real attorneys. Since 1983, more than 10,000 students have participated in Mock Trial in Riverside County.
This year students will argue 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.
Pairings for Round 1 include:
Desert - Larson Justice Center, 46-200 Oasis Street, Indio
Prosecution: Marywood Palm Valley (19) vs. Defense: Indio HS (9)
Prosecution: Palm Desert HS (8) vs. Defense: Palo Verde HS (3)
Prosecution: Xavier College Preparatory (15) vs. Defense: La Quinta HS (14)
Southwest – Southwest Justice Center, 30755-D Auld Road, Temecula, CA 92563
Prosecution: Hemet HS (6) vs. Defense: Chaparral HS (22)
Prosecution: Murrieta Valley HS (25) vs. Defense: Great Oak HS (11)
Prosecution: Lakeside HS (13) vs. Defense: Temecula Valley HS (17)
Riverside – Robert Presley Hall of Justice, 4100 Main Street, Riverside
Prosecution: Rancho Verde HS (21) vs. Defense: King HS (4)
Prosecution: Santiago HS (10) vs. Defense: North HS (18)
Prosecution: Nuview Bridge Early College HS (1) vs. Defense: Roosevelt HS (12)
Prosecution: Paloma Valley HS (5) vs. Defense: Jurupa Valley HS (23)
Prosecution: Patriot HS (16) vs. Defense: Poly HS (24)
Prosecution: Woodcrest Christian (2) vs. Defense: Citrus Hill HS (20)
Prosecution: Arlington HS (7) vs. Defense: Centennial HS (26)
Other rounds being held:
Round 2 – Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – 6:00 p.m., Presley Hall of Justice
Round 3 – Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – 6:00 p.m., Presley Hall of Justice
Round 4 – Saturday, February 23, 2013 – 9:00 a.m., Presley Hall of Justice
The awards ceremony to announce Elite Eight teams and Blue Ribbon Award winners will be held at 2:00 p.m. on February 23, 2013, at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center.
Other rounds being held include:
Round 5 – Elite Eight – February 27, 2013 – 6:00 p.m., Presley Hall of Justice
Semi-Final Round – Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 9:00 a.m., Riverside Historic Courthouse
Final Round – Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 1:00 p.m., Riverside Historic Courthouse
The awards ceremony to announce first place team will be held Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Riverside Historic Courthouse, following the final round.
The winning team will go on to represent Riverside County at the California State Mock Trial Competition being held in Sacramento from March 22-24, 2013.
*Contributed by Riverside County Office of Education