The 2020 Hunterdon County High School Mock Trial Competition held its opening rounds on Saturday, January 11, 2020 and its final round on Wednesday, February 22, 2020. Hunterdon Central High School, North Hunterdon High School, and Voorhees High School each had teams competing this year. The teams prepare for competition with the help and guidance of both teacher coaches and local attorneys who volunteer their time to coach.
The High School Mock Trial Competition provides a fictitious case in which the students play the parts of both attorneys and witnesses. The cases differ from year to year. This year’s case was a criminal case dealing with fatal injury to a canine police officer.
In the opening round each team engaged in two trials. The initial rounds were set up so that each school would "play" every other school. Following the very competitive opening round, the teams with the two best records, North Hunterdon High School and Voorhees High School, advanced to the final’s competition.
On Wednesday, January 22nd, the finals of the Hunterdon County Mock Trial took place at the Historic Courthouse in Flemington. Judge Kevin Shanahan, P.J.Cr. and Judge Michael F. O’ Neill, J.S.C. presided over the final competition. In a very close match, North Hunterdon High School defeated Voorhees High School, and advanced to the regional level of the New Jersey State Mock Trial Competition. Alexandra Macce from North Hunterdon was named as best overall attorney and Christian Palmisano from Voorhees was named as best overall witness.
The 2019-2020 Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition is sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and the Hunterdon County Bar Association. Our county program was administrated by Anne Mohan, Esq., who practices with Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP and Lyn Brokaw, Executive Director of the Hunterdon County Bar Association.