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Mock Trial Volunteers Sought

Mock Trial Volunteers Sought

Middle school students take their mock trial experience seriously, as this photo attests.

Volunteers are now being sought by the Middle School Mock Trial Committee to serve as presiding judges and scoring judges at the 7th Annual Justice Iredell Middle School Mock Trial Regional Tournament on Friday, Nov. 17.

Registrations are pouring in and courthouses in Bertie, Caldwell, Chatham, Davidson, Durham, Harnett, Henderson, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Robeson, Rockingham, Watauga and Wilkes counties are already set to host regionals, with additional sites expected. Volunteers are still needed everywhere except Mecklenburg County.

Click here to learn more about this Law-Related Education event, which is funded by the North Carolina Bar Foundation Endowment.

Please contact Diane Wright at 919-657-1588 or dwright@ncbar.org if you are interested in volunteering.

The Justice Iredell Middle School Mock Trial Tournament is an educational team program where middle school students have the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of civil/criminal law and courtroom procedures. Students representing attorneys and witnesses for both sides of a fictional case role play that case being tried in court.

A team led by a teacher is ideally composed of between six and 16 students, but can have more students on each team as alternates. The students are guided in their case through support of their teacher and attorney coaches. The program teaches the legal process and trial procedure. Hundreds of students participate each year.

Objectives of the tournament are to:

  • Teach students ethics, civility and professionalism;
  • Further students’ understanding of the law, court procedures and the legal system;
  • Improve proficiency in basic life skills, such as listening, speaking, reading and reasoning;
  • Promote better communication and cooperation among the school community, teachers and students and members of the legal profession; and
  • Heighten appreciation for academic studies and stimulate interest in law-related careers.