Students from Century, Francis Scott Key, Liberty, and Westminster High Schools are participating in the statewide mock trial program sponsored by the Citizenship Law Related Education Program. The mock trials began on January 30, 2018, and will continue at the Carroll County Courthouse Annex, located at 55 North Court Street in Westminster as follows:

Date

Courtroom #10 – 5:00 p.m.
Judge Hecker

Courtroom #4 – 5:00 p.m.
Judge Titus

February 6th

FSK v. LHS

WHS v. CHS

February 13th

FSK v. WHS

CHS v. LHS

February 27th

CCPS Semi-Finals

March 6th

CCPS Finals

 

Each year’s mock trial competition focuses on a new civil or criminal case that challenges students to think critically about timely issues. Acting as attorneys and witnesses, students portray defense or plaintiff/prosecution and are scored on their performances by judges or attorneys. This year’s civil case is Slater v. Kapowsky, in which the plaintiff demands judgment against the defendant in a case of negligent driving leading to personal injuries.

The mock trial program furthers understanding of the law, court procedures, and the legal system and increases proficiency in soft skills such as listening, speaking, reading and reasoning. Competitions take place at the local level within each of the eight judicial circuits in Maryland. The teams with the best record from each of the circuits advance to the regional competition and possibly the state championship.

Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo identified attorney coaches and judges to support the students in their preparations, as well as at the weekly contests. This program would not be possible without his support, the volunteer teacher coaches at each school, the local Bar Association, and Carroll County’s Circuit Court Judges Hecker and Titus.

 

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