The Mock Trial Team participates in the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition. The team stages simulated jury trials by playing the role of lawyers, litigants, and witnesses, all in an actual courtroom before a judge and jury (composed of volunteer attorneys of the Pennsylvania Bar Association). At the beginning of the season, the team is given a case in which it must prepare to play both roles of plaintiff/prosecution and the defendant. At trial, the jury determines the winner based upon the teams' abilities to prepare their cases, present arguments, and follow court procedural and evidentiary rules.The Prep competes against other Philadelphia high schools and has won the City Championship. It also has advanced in recent years to the State Competition held in Harrisburg, and for the school year 2008-09, the Prep placed 5th in the State.
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