WESTFIELD, NJ — A fictional case involving a student injured while taking a selfie gave Westfield High School students the chance to sharpen their powers of presentation and argument.
Union County Superior Court Judge James Hely presided over a mock trial conducted by Westfield High School students Dec. 16, the school district announced this week.
Students in Kimberly Leegan’s Mock Trial class presented a fictitious case of a student injured while taking a selfie after sneaking out after curfew during a school-sponsored overnight field trip, school officials said.
The student legal eagles acted as prosecutors, defense attorneys, and witnesses, providing opening and closing statements, direct and cross-examinations during presentation of the fictitious case, officials said.
Eighth graders from Joseph Perrino’s Mock Trial and Debate Class at Roosevelt Intermediate School also attended and served as jurors, officials said.
The students head to Superior Court in Elizabeth Jan. 14 for the next round of mock trial competition.