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Squires Students to Participate in Mock Trial
Squires Students to Participate in Mock Trial

Local fifth-graders will participate in a mock trial beginning at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday 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 10th 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. 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."

The mock trial is expected to last 45 minutes. At 1:05 p.m., the students will learn about law-related careers. A courthouse tour will follow the mock trial and career talks.

A second program will be held at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the same location.