The mock trial team from John Marshall High School placed first last week in the 10th annual Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition.
The team, made up of 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders, will advance to the state tournament in Sacramento in April.
During the final competition held Thursday in the Los Angeles County Courthouse, the 16-person team argued a case before a real Los Angeles Superior Court judge. The fictional case concerned a man charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and battery on a police officer. A lawyer from the district attorney's office and a private attorney judged the final round.
Teams from 40 high schools throughout the county participated in the overall competition. The Marshall team opposed eight other schools in the round-robin tournament, winning each time.