More than 185 high school students will get their chance to try a trial Saturday and Sunday in front of a panel of experienced judges.
The Indiana High School Mock Trial State Finals will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, with trials also being held at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. that day. On Sunday, the trials will be at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Competitors range from freshman to seniors.
It’s the second year the Indiana Bar Foundation has sponsored the competition, which it says helps students develop an understanding of the judicial system. There are specific roles such as attorneys and plaintiffs, as well as defense witnesses.
Students will compete in front of panel of judges that includes Justice Steven H. David, Indiana Supreme Court; Judge Larry J. McKinney, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana; Judge Martha Wentworth, Indiana Tax Court; and Susan K. Roberts, retired litigator from Lafayette, who was the volunteer leader of Mock Trial until 2015.
Anyone is welcome to observe the finals.
For more information about Indiana’s High School Mock trial program, visit www.inbf.org/.