Bishop’s wins first, La Jolla High School second, in SD County Mock Trial Competition

Students from The Bishop’s School placed first, followed in second by the team from La Jolla High School in the 2010 San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition.

Bishop’s now moves on to represent San Diego County at the California Mock Trial Finals in March.

Hosted by the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego Superior Court and county District Attorney’s Office, together with the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the county Office of Education, the event was held last week at the courthouse downtown.

Students participate in a simulated courtroom setting, where they assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case. This year’s trial dealt with the fictitious murder case People vs. Bratton.

As part of the program, area lawyers volunteer to serve as coaches and scorers for the competition and Superior Court Judges and Commissioners preside over the mock trials.

San Diego’s three law schools — California Western School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and the University of San Diego School of Law — also supported the program.