Thursday, March 28, 2013
Student Mock Trial Hosted for Eighth Grade Students in Southern District of California
On March 27, 2013, the Southern District of California welcomed 100 eighth grade students to the court. District Judges Dana M. Sabraw and Cathy Bencivengo, and Magistrate Judge David H. Bartick presided over scripted mock trials for the students during which the students took on all the roles and deliberated on a verdict. Throughout the mock trials, the judges took opportunities to teach the students the meaning and purpose of various aspects of a trial. After reaching a verdict and "sentencing" their defendants, the students met with a deputy U.S. marshal and had an opportunity to learn about the U.S. Marshals Service, observe a demonstation by an explosives detecting canine and to try on a deputy's gear.