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Courtroom Art Contest


The Courtroom Art Contest allows artistically talented students the opportunity to participate in the Mock Trial Program. Contestants observe their county's Mock Trial team and create drawings of the courtroom scene. Each county may enter up to two courtroom artist for the Mock Trial State Finals competition. For more information about the Courtroom Art Contest contact Stephanie Perez at or 213-316-2127.

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Congratulations on winning your county’s Courtroom Artist Contest! Here is a brief summary of the events that will take place at the 2018 State Finals in Orange County. Review the agenda, travel accommodations, and requirements for all state participants for more important information.

Artists Registration Fee and Permission Slip: Each courtroom artist participating in the 2018 California Mock Trial Finals must pay a registration fee of $75.00 and submit a permission slip by March 2nd. The registration fee covers the cost of materials, facility rentals, one T-shirt per student, an official 2018 California Mock Trial certificate, Program Book, and admission to the student social. The $75.00 registration fee is mandatory for all official county courtroom artists. A $25.00 late fee should be assessed for all payments made after March 2, 2018.

Artist Check-in: Friday, March 16, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel. This is where you will receive your official California Mock Trial T-shirt, entry label for your art work, and other important materials.

Remember that you must attend your county’s mock trial team's trials for Round 1 (practice round) and Round 3 (official round). The courtroom assignments for each trial are posted an the courthouse 15 minutes before each trial begins.

Welcome Orientation: Friday, March 16, 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel. All artists must attend the orientation.

Practice Drawing - Round 1All courtroom artists must attend their county's mock team's Round 1 trial and sketch a practice drawing on Friday, March 16, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Central Justice Center. All participants must bring their Round 1 practice drawing to the Courtroom Artist Workshop.

Courtroom Artist Workshop: Saturday, March 17, at 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel. During this meeting, you will interact with other courtroom artists and learn tips from a professional artist. You will also receive important information about the contest and receive feedback on your Round 1 practice drawing. Breakfast will be provided.

Courtroom Artist Official Drawing - Round 3: All courtroom artists must attend their county's mock team's Round 3 trial for their official drawing on Saturday, March 17, 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Central Justice Center. All artists must submit their official drawing with their entry label on the back of the drawing to the presiding judge at the end of Round 3.

Student Social: Saturday, March 17, 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel.  At about 10:30p.m., the mock trial finalists will be announced.

Championship Trial: Sunday, March 18, at 9:00 a.m., the Championship Trial will be held at the Central Justice Center. You are welcome to attend this trial as a spectator.

Artists Awards: A professional artist will judge all entries with first, second, and third place plaques that will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 18, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel.

See an informational webcast by Professional Courtroom Artist, Mona Shafer Edwards, where she provides tips and examples. Go to and click on the Courtroom Artist webcast. Also review the Courtroom Artist Rules.