Local Fifth-Graders Participate in Mock Trial in North Las Vegas Justice Court
Local fifth-graders will participate in a mock trial beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in Department 2 at North Las Vegas Justice Court, 2428 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Building ‘A,’ which is at the corner of Martin Luther King and Carey Avenue
The mock trial is the highlight of the Kids in the Court program designed to teach children about the operation of the courts and to encourage them to stay in school. The Tuesday mock trial will feature a fictional case in which a student maliciously sprays another child’s bicycle with paint.
"I am very proud of Kids in the Court,” said North Las Vegas Chief Judge Natalie L. Tyrrell, who will try the case in her Department 2 courtroom. “This is the 12th year the court has partnered with C.P. Squires, an at-risk school in North Las Vegas. The program educates fifth-graders about the judicial system, law-related careers and the importance of staying in school.
“It is a fun program where the students get to meet all the players involved here at the court,” Tyrrell added. “They get to tour the court, including the holding cells, which is always most exciting. They get to participate as defendant, witness and jurors in a mock trial. I have received much positive feedback from school staff and parents. It is exciting to hear the students talk about new goals for themselves.”
At noon, the students will arrive at the court and learn about law-related careers. The mock trial will begin at 12:30 p.m. and is expected to last 45 minutes. A courthouse tour will follow the mock trial and career talks.
A second program will be held at noon Tuesday, April 2 at the same location.
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