The imaginary case of the political extremist’s murder which includes an issue of government gathering of personal electronic data sets the stage for more than 600 San Diego County high school students getting hands-on experience in the rule of law. Twenty–Nine San Diego County High Schools have fielded 30 teams for the 12th Annual San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition; the highest participation rate of any previous competition. The four-day competition, sponsored by the San Diego Superior Court, the San Diego County Bar Association and Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF), is held at the downtown Hall of Justice and takes place on February 15th, 20th, 22nd and 24th with the local winner going on to represent San Diego County in the Statewide Mock Trial competition next month.
The Mock Trial program places high school students in real courtroom settings before actual state and federal judges. In those courtrooms, the students assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses facing off on a hypothetical case.
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