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!
Mock Trial Club Field Trip
November 19, 2014