• Mock Trial Begins This Week

    High School Mock Trial competition Grapples with Second Degree Murder and Unlawful Search and Seizure

    Pacific Grove, Monterey, Carmel, Palma, Salinas and  Santa Catalina high schools are preparing for their annual competition at the upcoming Monterey County High School Mock Trial program to be held January 27, 29 and 30 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The final event will be on Feb 1  from 9:30-4:30. the Lyceum of Monterey is the sponsor.

    All events to be held at Monterey County Courthouse, 1200 Aquajito Rd, Monterey.

    This year’s case, People Vs Concha is the trial of Rae Concha who is charged with second degree and possession of controlled substance.

    The pretrial issue centers on the Fourth Amendment protection against unlawful search and seizure.

    The Mock Trial program allows students to develop the skills necessary for the mastery of state content standards for history and social science. Through performance-based education, the program furthers an understanding of both the content and processes of our legal system; increases basic skills, analytical ability, and self-confidence; and promotes cooperation among students of various cultures and interests. Based on responses to formal surveys, teacher-sponsors report significant improvement in students’ basic skills, critical thinking skills, presentations skills, participation skills, and self-esteem as well as increases in students’ content knowledge about the law.

    The Lyceum of Monterey County is the local Mock Trial program sponsor. The Lyceum provides after school enrichment programs in the Arts, Sciences, Technology, Literacy, and Humanities throughout Monterey County. The Constitutional Rights Foundation organized the statewide trial competition. This program also relies upon a generous financial contribution from the Monterey County Bar Association, The Harden Foundation, The Monterey Peninsula Foundation, The Chapman Foundation, The Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation and volunteer support from lawyers and judges throughout Monterey County. 

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 25, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Schools

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