Harry Potter facing murder charge in Law Week’s first virtual fairy tale mock trial

Guam Judicial Center (PNC file photo)

The Guam Law Week Program will hold its first virtual fairy tale mock trial on Tuesday evening via ZOOM.

Each year, hundreds of elementary and middle school students participate in this mock trial which is by far the most popular Law Week event.  Many island residents typically pack the courtrooms to watch students enthusiastically reinterpret classic fairy tales in a courtroom setting.

Before the pandemic, the students from Adacao Elementary School worked extremely hard to perform the mock trial of People of Guam versus Harry Potter.

Harry Potter is on trial for the murder of Professor Quirrel.  The students, led by teacher Mrs. Tillie Blas, are excited to be the first to perform a virtual mock trial and still play their roles as judge, attorneys, witnesses, jurors, and court staff.

Although this year’s Law Week events have been scaled down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Guam Law Week sponsors have organized several activities to celebrate Law Day and to educate the community about the importance the Rule of Law plays in our society.

“I am proud of how hard these students worked to put on a virtual mock trial”, says Justice Robert J. Torres, Co-Chair of the Law Week Program.  “Our mock trial program has grown immensely over the last 13 years and while we were looking forward to seeing many of our island’s school children perform their mock trials this year, we are happy that we could feature one play in a virtual courtroom setting.”

Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido will welcome and thank the students for their participation in this first ever virtual mock trial.

Law week is sponsored by the Judiciary of Guam, District Court of Guam, and the Guam Bar Association.

The virtual mock trial will be performed on May 26, at 6:30 p.m. and will be live streamed on the Supreme Court of Guam’s YouTube channel.