Municipal Court partners with Nazareth Academy to host mock trial

Mock trial will feature eighth-graders from Nazareth Academy
Mock Trial
A student attempts to complete a field sobriety task while wearing impairment goggles Nov. 19 in Mrs. Covington’s eighth-grade class.

VICTORIA, Texas – On Dec. 15, at 9:30 a.m., the City of Victoria Municipal Court will host a mock trial in the municipal courtroom, 107 W. Juan Linn Street. It will feature eighth-grade students from Nazareth Academy.

The mock trial is open to in-person attendance by the public and will also be live-streamed on the City of Victoria Municipal Court’s Facebook.

Students will split into two groups during the mock trial to conduct two separate trials. The second trial is expected to begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. Both trials are based on the fictional case of a juvenile suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.

“These kids have worked hard, and I’m very excited to see the results,” said Municipal Court Judge Vanessa Heinold.

To prepare for the mock trial, Heinold visited the students twice a week since October to teach them about court proceedings. Victoria Police Department Officers Emily Erickson and John Edwards also visited the students. They both taught the students about field sobriety tests and conducted hands-on activities using impairment goggles.

You can learn more about Municipal Court programs by visiting www.victoriatx.gov/municipalcourt. To partner with the court for an educational event, you can visit www.victoriatx.gov/courtoutreach.