Judicial council makes mock trial program available.

The judicial council for a number of years has taken its commitment to the education of youth seriously and has offered a full mock trial program to courts. The San Bernardino Superior Court has implemented a full trial program in its area, but Riverside Superior Court has not.

The purpose of the initiative is to educate students about the role of an independent judiciary in our democracy and how our court system works. Many of these projects are led by the California Supreme Court, appellate courts, superior courts, or the judicial council in collaboration with nonprofit organizations, local bar associations, institutions of higher education, and county offices of education.

A full description of the program is here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/factsheet-civics-outreach.pdf

The Constitutional Rights Foundation has a Courtroom Journalist Contest available here http://www.crf-usa.org/mock-trial-california/courtroom-journalist-contest.html and a Courtroom Art Contest, http://www.crf-usa.org/mock-trial-california/courtroom-artist-competition.html

The DUI Court in Schools Training Manual was implemented in 2007 with the assistance of Judge Becky Dugan who acted as an adviser. The manual can be obtained from the following site: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/DUISchManual.pdf

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