The Erie County Bar Association is hosting the District II competition for the statewide Mock Trial Championships at the Erie County Courthouse.
The students prepare as defense and prosecution teams and call witnesses to the case as well.
Several Erie County lawyers and judges volunteer their time to advise and coach the teams.
Participating students say it gives 'real world' experience of life in, and out, of the courtroom.
The district and regional levels of the competition will continue throughout February with 12 teams advancing to the statewide mock trial in Harrisburg.
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