Order is in the court for Peoria middle schoolers!

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PEORIA (25News Now) – Students worked hard with several local attorneys this summer to prepare for a full mock trial.

Order in the Court is an organization founded by Attorney Christopher McCall. It’s a free program that teaches local 5th through 8th-grade students what it’s like to be an attorney. They learned how to present opening statements, closing arguments, cross and direct examinations, and how to question witnesses.

Councilman and Attorney Michael Vespa was one of the coaches throughout this program. He says it’s a great way to expose kids to law as a possible career.

Saturday, at the ART Inc., was the day to test their skills.

“I’m excited for it, and I think the kids are excited for it,” Vespa said. “They’ve been working hard for the last few months, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with. As long as they have fun and learn some things along the way, then it’s a success.”

The trial featured Peoria’s Judge Alicia Washington as a real-life judge with plenty of experience to take the bench.

Plus, Order in the Court had actors from the Central Illinois area stand in as acting witnesses through the arguments of their cases.

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