Local fifth-graders will participate in a mock trial beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14 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. For the first time in the history of the program, graduating students from the UNLV Boyd School of Law will serve as prosecutor and defense counsel for the fictional case in which a student allegedly sprays another child's bicycle with paint.
"I am very proud of Kids in the Court," said North Las Vegas Judge Natalie L. Tyrrell, who will try the case in her Department 2 courtroom. "This is the 18th 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. To maximize their time at the court, I go to the school the week before and present a PowerPoint on the three branches of government."
"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 11 a.m., the students will arrive at the court and learn about law-related careers. The mock trial will begin at 11:30 a.m. and is expected to last 45 minutes. A courthouse tour will follow the mock trial and career talks.