ELIZABETH – Oratory Preparatory School of Summit has won the Union County mock trial competition. They will advance to the central regional competition at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.
The Superior Court of New Jersey, Union Vicinage, hosted the final round of the competition at the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth on Feb. 3. Appellate Court Judge Marianne Espinosa and Superior Court Judge Kathryn A. Brock presided over the mock trial.
Oratory, which has won five of the last seven annual competitions, went undefeated this year. The competition, which began on Feb. 1, involved 12 Union County schools.
The four regional winners will compete in the state semi-finals on March 18 and those winners will move on to the state finals on March 24 at the Law Center. The National Championship will be held in Philadelphia May 6-8.
The New Jersey State Bar Foundation, in cooperation with county bar associations, sponsors the Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition each year to stimulate and encourage a deeper understanding and appreciation of the American legal system. Local high school students take on the roles of attorneys, witnesses and jurors as they compete against each other.
“The high level of enthusiasm, preparation and poise shown by the students is something that really stands out” said Union County Mock Trial Coordinator Andrew Gibbs. He added that “the Superior Court judges and attorneys in Union County are always eager to lend their valuable time and experience to such a worthy and rewarding program.”
Union County Superior Court Judges William A. Daniel, Kenneth J. Grispin, James Hely and Robert J. Mega presided over the semi-final trials and more than 50 attorneys donated their time to coordinate, coach and judge the competition.
The Union County mock trial competition was sponsored by the State Bar Foundation and the Union County Bar Association.
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