SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HI, UNITED STATES
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s office of the staff judge advocate put on a mock trial for the fourth-grade students of Hale Kula Elementary School for Law Day.
Law day is an annual event traditionally held on May 1, and designed to help students recognize the importance of the courts and the contributions they have made towards protecting our freedom and democracy.
Each of the soldiers played a role in the mock trial except for the jury, which was filled in by the students in attendance.
“They were very attentive,” said Capt. Erik Smith, an attorney with the 8th TSC’s SJA. “They seem to be interested so much, as evident afterwards. They were constantly talking about little points in the story that you saw in the trial.”
But this wasn’t your normal, everyday trial that you would see on TV. This trial was based off the fairytale, "The Three Little Pigs."
The pig, the plaintive in the trial, was accusing the wolf, the defendant, of breaking and entering, while the wolf was accusing the pig of battery, but, the results of the trial didn’t follow the traditional fairy tale story.
“The pig was guilty and the wolf was not because he could have been framed,” said Hana, one of the student jurors.
Having the children play as the jury was only one way that the children stayed interested. There was some educational interaction was also applied.
“First, we asked them a few questions,” said Staff Sgt. Danielle Robinson, the special victims paralegal. “We then explained what a trial is, what a defendant is, what a plaintiff is, and what the judge is, so they got a perspective of what they were about to see. Then we went into the trial and added a little bit of commentary, a little sidebar to keep the kids interested.”
Law Day was, as it has been in years past, a resounding success. The children were able to learn something about military justice and our country’s justice system.
This year’s theme was equality, teaching the students that no one is above the law.
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