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Mock Trial Club Field Trip

November 19, 2014

MTC Shield In order to prepare for their upcoming competition, mock trial team members were invited to observe licensed attorneys litigate cases at the Arbitration Center, which is a section of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. The Center handles all civil actions with claims of $50,000 or less. The hearings take place before a panel of three attorneys who have been court certified to serve as arbitrators. The teams listened intently to civil cases involving personal injury accidents and product liability. After each trial, they were allowed to analyze the case and participate in deliberations with the center’s arbitrators. The arbitrators were very gracious in answering all of their questions and providing advice on legal concepts. As a result, both teams left the center with quite a few legal strategies to use in their own trial. For confidentiality purposes, we were unable to film or record the trials at the Center. However, we have a few¬†wonderful pictures that we want to share with the SFC family. Enjoy!

Sr. Helene and Ms. Helen take roll call before the teams board the bus.

Sr. Helene and Ms. Helen take roll call before the teams board the bus.

The team members are so excited to be going to the Arbitration Center!

The team members have boarded the bus and are so excited to be going to the Arbitration Center!

The teams are posing in front of the Center at 18th & JFK Blvd. Everyone say, “Mock Trial Club!”

The club members were split into two court rooms.  These students are waiting patiently for the arbitrators to arrive.

The club members were split into two court rooms. These students are waiting patiently for the arbitrators to arrive. Look closely and you’ll see SFC teacher, Ms. Jill, serving as a chaperone!

This group is just minutes away from watching their first case.

This group is just minutes away from watching their first case.

Team members, Bethany Fussell and Caleb Craig, were eager to give their opinions on the case.

Team members, Bethany Fussell and Caleb Craig, were eager to give their opinions after the case.

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The club then celebrated Confidence Onyekere’s birthday after the trip with yummy cupcakes!

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