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Local Students Battle it Out in Court

Students from area high schools, including Forsyth County will compete in this weekend's Georgia Mock Trial Competition.

High school students in Forsyth County and from nearby towns are preparing for this year's 25th season of the Georgia High School Mock Trial Program held this weekend in downtown Cumming.

This will be the county's third year to host the regional competition, which involves about 120 students playing the roles of attorneys and witnesses. More than 60 lawyers will be volunteering as evaluators along with judges serving as presiding judges during the two-day event. Mock trails will be held at the Forsyth County Courthouse, Forsyth County Administration Building and Cumming City Hall.

Teams of 14 students work with attorney coaches who train them on how to ask questions and listen to answers actively, including how to do opening statements and closing arguments. The competition basically teaches young people how the legal system works in a courtroom without the benefit of law school. Each team prepares their presentations from case materials provided by the High School Mock Trial Committee.

The schools scheduled to participate are:

  • Lambert High School 
  • North Forsyth High School
  • Pinecrest Academy
  • South Forsyth High School
  • West Forsyth High School

Nearby schools are:

Team registration is today [Friday] from 5 to 5:30 p.m. with orientation for Round 1 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and Round 1 beginning at 6 p.m.

Orientation for Round 2 is on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8:30 to 9 a.m. with Round 2 beginning at 9 a.m. The final round, which decides the winner and participant at the state level, is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

The winner of each of the 18 regions across Georgia will head to the Gwinnett Justice Center in Lawrenceville to compete in the state finals on March 16-17. The winner of the state competition will compete in the national championship in Indianapolis, Ind. this May.

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