The Mock Trial program was created to help students acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and understand their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society. Supported by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the program currently involves 37 California counties, and Tuolumne County is proud to be one of them.
Three Tuolumne County High Schools competed in the 4th Annual Tuolumne County Mock Trial. Sonora High School, Summerville High School, and Tioga High School competed against each other as both the prosecution and defense in the trial of People v. Cobey. The trials were presided over by Judge Siebert, Judge Segerstrom, and Judge Krieg. Practicing attorneys from the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, County Counsel’s Office served as scorers for the competition. Several attorneys in private practice served as co-coaches for the teams to prepare for the trials.
This hypothetical case is the trial of Jamie Cobey, who is charged with the homicide of Cobey’s landlord and next-door neighbor. The prosecution argued that Cobey should be convicted of first-degree murder or the lesser-included offense of voluntary manslaughter.
5th Annual Mock Trial
January 18 & 25, 2023 Tuolumne County Superior Courthouse