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Students wrap up DA’s Leadership Academy with mock trial

Students experienced a behind-the-scenes insight into the workings of the courthouse and the...
Students experienced a behind-the-scenes insight into the workings of the courthouse and the judiciary(Anna Boyers | WECT)
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 6:15 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Students participated in a mock trial Friday afternoon at the Department of Juvenile Justice building at North 4th Street in downtown Wilmington.

“We had a lot of good opportunities to talk to a whole lot of different people in the court system who knew what they were talking about and to kind of give us a better insight on our mock trial and in our future,” said one of the students Makai Branch.

The 20 students participating in the District Attorney’s Leadership Academy were a mix of rising 11th graders and recent high school graduates from New Hanover and Pender Counties.

Over the past week, students experienced a behind-the-scenes insight into the workings of the courthouse and the judiciary that culminated in students participating in a mock trial.

“They were presented with how to do an opening statement, how to question witnesses, how to enter evidence in a trial, how to do a closing,” said legal assistant Christine Shuler. “Again — taught by different prosecuters in our office, and they had to practice every day.”

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