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DSC_0269B.B. Wolf took the stand and told a harrowing tale of a boiling pot at the bottom of chimney; a trap set by the Little Pig for Wolf who was just trying to help a friend out. That story set the stage for the Las Vegas Day School third grade mock trial B.B. Wolf v Three Little Pigs in the courtroom of real District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti. The kids got a real feel of how justice works by serving as plaintiff, defendant, attorneys, judge, jurors, witnesses, marshal and even media.

After hearing the evidence from both sides, the jurors deliberated and found the little pig guilty of attempted murder. Not only did they learn how the justice system works, they learned if you have to go to court, be sure to get a good lawyer.


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At the first of three Ministry of Magic vs. Harry Potter mock trials with Meadows School fourth graders the courtroom was buzzing. Excited students gleefully buzzed around while many of their parents looked on shooting photos and video. Before the trial, the mini legal eagles grilled District Court Judge Douglas Herndon on every legal question they could think up. Judge Herndon patiently answered all of them. The students got to see the judge do his morning calendar. After, he asked the students what two elements most criminals have in common. The students quickly responded “drugs” but were stumped for the second element. “Lack of education,” said Judge Herndon. The students went through the case serving as prosecution, defense, witnesses, jurors and judge. The jury deliberated in a real jury room with pizza, just like a real jury. Judge Herndon explained that criminal trials have 12 jurors who must be unanimous in their decision in order to gain a conviction. He explained that civil trials have eight jurors and six must agree to reach a verdict. Two more classes will visit District Court for their turn to learn the law in a real courthouse on May 1 and May 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the Eighth Judicial District Court, in the Regional Justice Center.

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Judge Timothy Williams took lawyers to school to give Canyon Spring High School students an education on a real short trial. The judge used a civil short trial as a teaching tool for students in the high school law magnet program. “A short trial provides the perfect educational experience for students, because it takes all the elements of a complex trial and distills it down to one day,” said Judge Williams. “The opportunity to show students the legal process and give them first-hand experience is a wonderful teaching tool for the District Court and the Clark County School District.”

Short trials are used to resolve civil cases in one day. In a short trial, each party is limited to three hours to present their case and the jury is composed of four or six members rather than eight. Short trials have proven to be a cost effective way to resolve many civil cases that may be less complicated or lower in dollar value than others.

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Trial by Peers Graduation

Proud parents, family members and friend snapped photos as 30 students from Clark County ranging from ages 12 to 17 years old graduated from the Clark County Law Foundation’s Trial By Peers (TBP) Program Peer Counselor Summer Course. Judge Frank Sullivan was the master of ceremonies .

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Truancy Diversion Program To Kickoff September 16 For New School Year To Keep Students In School And On Track for Success

The Family Court Truancy Diversion Project (TDP) is holding their new school year kickoff on September 16 at 12:15 p.m. at Family Court, 601 N. Pecos in Courtroom 9. The program is offering great opportunity for attorneys and law clerks to make a difference in the community by serving as judges for the Truancy Court Diversion Project (TDP). This early intervention program is aimed at keeping truant students in school and on the path to success.

Truant youth are more likely to drop out of school. In Clark County around 60,000 children are truant during the school year. Nevada’s dropout rate is reported to be the highest in the nation. Everyday in Family Court, judges see first-hand the fallout from truancy and its negative consequences. Teen pregnancy, high unemployment and the likelihood of falling into the criminal justice system are all linked to truancy and school dropout.

The goal of the TDP is to reduce the number of students entering the formal juvenile justice system as a result of skipping school. Truancy is often a symptom of greater need within the family. The truancy program strategy includes identifying and addressing a variety of family issues including substance abuse or lack of basic necessities such as food, clothing, and housing. The program also promotes improvement in academic achievement and attempts to reduce student behavioral problems.

“The Truancy Diversion Program doesn’t just benefit these students but it benefits our community as a whole. Higher graduation rates lead to a stronger more employable community,” said District Court Judge Jennifer Elliott. “Volunteering to serve as a judge in the Truancy Court Diversion Project is worthwhile work. Our young students gain so much from the guidance provided by the volunteers in this program.”

The TDP judges wear robes and preside during the diversion program on school property. Sessions usually begin at about 7:30 a.m. once a week for two to three hours. The judge meets with the student, family and advocates to address issues, monitor progress, make recommendations and reward positive behavior.

Attorneys or law clerks interested in volunteering should contact Debbie Rose at 455-1755 or e-mail For more information about the Truancy Court Diversion Project visit for more information about the courts please visit our website at

The Truancy Diversion Program demonstrates how the Eighth Judicial District Court is working to strengthen the community. District Court continuously works to develop innovative ideas, improve efficiencies, address issues and improve access to justice. For more information about the courts, please visit our website at

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DSC_0401Las Vegas A-Tech High School Seniors Mock Court Case On Prison Break

Advanced Technologies Academy Students Get Real World Experience In Engineering, Business And Law With The Help Of Businesses And The Eighth Judicial District Court

Senior students from Advanced Technologies Academy held court on a fictional prison break in a mock trial today, Apr. 24 at 9 a.m. at the at the Eighth Judicial District Court, in the Regional Justice Center, before real District Court Judge Joanna Kishner. Students from the legal studies program served as attorneys in the case, while students from the business management and administration, architectural drafting and design, and engineering programs served as expert witnesses, defendants or jurors. Members of the Advanced Technologies Academy advisory board also helped facilitate the trial and took part in the jury. This trial serves as the culminating event for the 2012-2013 senior cross-curricular capstone project.

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Mock Trial at Eighth Judicial District Court

A mock trial in the real courtroom of District Court Judge Doug Herndon gave students from the Meadows School a good look at how the justice system works. The students took on the roles of attorneys, jurors and witnesses in a case to determine if Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK.

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