Wewahitchka students complete teen court

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM.

After numerous courtroom battles, the 2014 Wewahitchka Teen Court came to a close last week.

As part of Hattie Hunter’s Law Studies class, students at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School celebrated the end of a successful semester with a pizza party.

During the class, students are involved in teen court where they hosted mock trials for misdemeanors of their peers. Students played roles from court clerk, to bailiff, to attorney as they gained a better understanding of the Florida judicial system.

“It’s a great experience for the students,” said Hunter. “It shows them that there are laws, and if you break them, you will face the consequences.”

Those who went before the teen court were chosen by local officers and had already admitted guilt. It was up to the students to decide on punishment, which ranged from community service, apology letters or essays to reflect on their actions.

Students also worked with County Judge Timothy McFarland who oversaw the mock trials and gave assistance throughout the process. Students were required to dress appropriately for their roles and also learned proper courtroom etiquette.

“This process exposes students to roles that they may undertake later in life, whether it’s as jurors or as a career,” said McFarland.

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