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Middle School Students Prepare for Charleston Regional SC Bar Mock Trial Competition
Published:
11/30/2015 3:37:41 PM

Eight middle schools from the Lowcountry will compete in the 12th annual SC Bar Charleston Regional Middle School Mock Trial Competition Dec. 5 at the Charleston County Courthouse (100 Broad St., Charleston 29401). Participating middle schools are:

  • Buist Academy
  • Cainhoy
  • Cario 
  • D. P. Cooper Charter School
  • East Cooper Montessori Charter School
  • Marrington
  • Moultrie
  • Palmetto Scholars Academy

Students will present the prosecution and defense sides of a fictitious criminal case before a panel of local volunteer lawyers and judges. Additionally, students will fill the roles of attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and timekeepers. Each team will be judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.

 

This year’s fictitious case is Skyler Reed v. 104.4 WSCB Inc. and Cameron Jackson. In the case, radio station 104.4 WSCB hosted the 2015 Music in the Sand Festival. During the event, DJ Cameron Jackson, “DJ CJ,” flew a drone over the crowd to record the festivities. During the opening performance, DJ CJ received several emergency phone calls and was forced to step away from piloting the drone. At the same time fan Skyler Reed fell from a trash can and suffered injuries. Skyler alleges the fall was the result of the drone, but evidence suggests the fall may be due to other causes.

 

Thirty-nine schools will take part in the four regional competitions in Charleston, Conway, Greenville and Lexington. Due to extensive flooding across the state, regional competitions for Charleston, Conway and Lexington were postponed from Oct. 24 to Dec. 5, and the state competition was cancelled. This year, winning teams and first runners-up will be selected from each of the four regional competitions.

 

The Mock Trial Program is sponsored by the SC Bar’s Law Related Education (LRE) Division, which was developed in 1976 to improve the ability of teachers to instruct law related education. The program is supported by the Bar’s LRE Committee and made possible through a SC Bar Foundation IOLTA grant and the SC Bar.

 

 

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