Photo: Daniel Bagnuola.

On Feb. 7, Supreme Court Justice Sharon M.J. Gianelli welcomed over 500 high school students, school officials and parents to the 2018 New York State Mock Trial Tournament held at the Nassau County Supreme Court.

This year, 48 schools from Nassau County will participate in the tournament. The winning team from Nassau County goes on to compete for the New York State championship title. Nassau County volunteer judges and attorneys advise the high school teams and preside over individual trials.

The Mock Trial Tournament is a joint initiative sponsored by the New York State Bar Association and coordinated by the Nassau County Bar Association.