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San Jose, CA (February 28) – Monta Vista High School student lawyers will compete against the team of student lawyers from Willow Glen High School in the Santa Clara County High School Mock Trial Final Tournament to be held at the Santa Clara County Historic Old Courthouse today, February 28, 2013 starting from 6:00 p.m.
Before the culminating event, the mock trial tournament has featured more than 400 students from 20 high schools competing at the Santa Clara County Courthouse.
According to Santa Clara County Spokesperson Larry Slonaker, the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and the Santa Clara County Courts co-host the tournament with over 45 state court judges and 150 attorneys volunteering.
The event is sponsored by the law offices of Rossi, Hamerslough, Reischl & Chuck (cq) and Access Data Group.
A mock trial team is composed of a prosecution team and a defense team, numbering up to nine students from both Willow Glen and Monta Vista High Schools.
Sitting judges preside and practicing lawyers serve as scoring jurors who will select the winner in the final tournament between the team of Willow Glen students and the Monta Vista students.
The case to be decided is: The child of the mayor of a fictional California city is charged with a felony hit-and-run. The prosecution contends that defendant ran a stop while texting, struck and permanently injured a bicyclist and then fled the scene. The defense contends that another occupant in the vehicle was actually deriving when the accident occurred and that neither realized they had struck a bicyclist.
Both teams are undefeated and both went through a series of mock trials from teams of the 20 high schools in Santa Clara before reaching the final round.