Florida High School Mock Trial

Mr. Berkowitz participated as a scoring judge for the Circuit 15 High School Mock Trial competition sponsored by The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. on February 3, 2014. This popular academic competition provides students with a firsthand opportunity to explore the administration of justice using a fictional criminal case.

The Florida High School Mock Trial program is open to all students in Florida, grades 9-12, enrolled in high school. Teams participate in school, county and circuit competitions to advance to the state finals. Students are evaluated as attorneys and witnesses throughout the program. Ethical conduct, team performance, poise, articulation, and a wide range of areas are rated on a scale of 1-10 by attorneys and county and circuit court judges.

The program fosters increased knowledge of the legal system, the rule of law, and the administration of justice; engenders trust and confidence in the courts; and promotes awareness of the constitutional basis for trial by jury, right to legal counsel, and other rights of the accused; as well as the refinement of critical and analytical thinking skills, oral presentation skills, cause and effect relationships, and higher order thinking.

The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. celebrates thirty years of service to the State of Florida in 2014. For more information on civic and law programs provided by The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc., please visit their web site at www.flrea.org.

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