MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Ten middle schools from the across the state will compete in the S.C. Bar Middle School Mock Trial State Competition Dec. 9-10 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center located at 205 E. Main St. in Lexington.
Forestbrook Middle School is one of the schools going to the competition.
Students will present the prosecution and defendant sides of a fictitious case before a panel of local volunteer lawyers and judges. Additionally, students will fill the roles of attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and timekeepers. Each team will be judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.
This year's fictitious criminal case is State of South Carolina v. Drew DeLaney. DeLaney, a high school track coach, was charged with involuntary manslaughter following the death of one of the team's top runners, who collapsed after a strenuous practice on one of the hottest days of the year. The prosecution and defense have different explanations for the cause of death.
The Mock Trial Program is sponsored by the S.C. Bar's Law Related Education (LRE) Division, which was developed in 1976 to improve the ability of teachers to instruct law related education.
The Mock Trial Program is made possible through an IOLTA grant from the S.C. Bar Foundation and the S.C. Bar.
The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.
Participating schools include Crayton Middle School, Dutch Fork Middle School, Forestbrook Middle School, Hammond Middle School, Johnsonville Middle School, Johnston Edgefield Trenton Middle School, Lexington Middle School, Marrington Middle School, Springfield Middle School and St. Anthony Catholic School.