Mock Trial competes at Stanley Mosk Courthouse
Mock Trial competed in the first round of the California Mock Trial Competition Monday, Nov. 4 and in the second round Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.
Mock Trial has been preparing for this competition since summer, with each member practicing their roles of attorney, witness, and pretrial attorney. The club is divided into two teams: defense and prosecution, with nine people on each side. Using an invented case by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, they argue their case and defense against the opposing team.
“I was really nervous and anxious thinking I was going [to] mess up for the entire team,” defense attorney sophomore Lawrence Hong said. “However, during the trial, my thoughts seemed to ease up and I definitely felt confident and eager to present the rest of my case.”
Mock Trial competed against Flintridge Preparatory Academy for defense and Los Alamitos High School for prosecution. Both teams presented their case to judges, but separate scorers gave points based on the performance of each member. Overall, the defense team lost and the prosecution team won.
“I felt excited to be able to present our case since we have all worked on it for so long,” witness senior Jessica Wang said. “I was proud of what we were able to accomplish over the past months.”
By Alex Santiago, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Andrea Takahashi