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Posted on: May 4, 2018

Students Participate in Mock Trial on Law Day

The Anoka County Courthouse opened its doors and courtrooms to the general public on April 27th.

“Law Day” has been connecting community resources with the people who need them for close to a decade but a district court judge says participation has tripled with the addition of free legal services.

“We’ve got three judges who can clear warrants, resolve cases or get you a new court date in your appropriate town. You don’t have to be looking over your shoulder because you have a warrant,” said Judge Jonathan Jasper.

Anoka-Hennepin High School students were introduced to the professional roles in the justice system through a mock trial.

“What you see on T.V. isn’t what happens in a court room at all and so this is a very realistic setting. We’ve got real facts. We’ve got the witnesses who are prepared on the facts,” said Judge Jasper.

Coon Rapids High School student Kirby Pieri played a state prosecutor in a fictional assault case. In real life, he hopes to become an agent for professional athletes.

“I’m leaving with the knowledge that the things that these people do to prepare and get ready for examinations in the court system is a lot more vigorous than I thought,” said Pieri.

In addition to the mock trial, students learned about forensic science and watched a k-9 police unit demonstration.

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