With a fourth-place regional finish, St. Dominic High School's mock trial team advances to state competition. The Crusaders will compete March 23-25 at the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.
According to the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the mock trial program "serves over 500 students from more than 40 schools throughout Missouri and is supported by 400 attorneys who volunteer as coaches, judges, and evaluators. The mock trials are structured like real courtroom trials and follow the same rules and procedures, so students learn first-hand how the legal system works and what role judges, lawyers, juries, and witnesses play in the court system. This increased understanding helps students develop a deeper appreciation for our justice system and the administration of justice. The competition also helps students develop and improve their public speaking and critical thinking skills."