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Metro Court Hosts Regional Mock Trial Competition

02/16/2018

 

Hundreds of high school students from across the state descended upon the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse in mid-February for one of the state’s most highly-regarded mock trial competitions – the Gene Franchini High School Mock Trial Qualifiers.  Twenty-seven teams of aspiring attorneys competed for a chance to move on to the State Finals in March.  One team will then go on to represent New Mexico at the National Competition in Reno, Nevada in May. 


“The Metropolitan Court is happy to open its doors to the students each year,” Court Executive Officer Robert Padilla said.  “This year, sixteen of our judges freed up their courtrooms so that students have the opportunity to gain the invaluable experience of presenting and arguing a case in a real-life courtroom in front of a judge and jury.” 


A number of Metropolitan Court judges also volunteer with the program and provide feedback and guidance to the students after the competition concludes.  


To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.civicvalues.org/mock-trial. 

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