Lynnwood students going to court

LYNNWOOD — About 800 fifth-graders are headed to court Thursday.

Students from the Edmonds School District plan to spend the day in the county’s District Court in Lynnwood as part of National Law Day. Thursday’s event marks the 27th year that the south division District Court staff have helped school kids learn more about the legal world.

As part of the day’s events the students will see a mock trial, under the direction of attorney Paul Hanson.

Edmonds police Officers Karl Roth, Steve Harbinson and Ken Crystal will challenge the students’ legal knowledge during a round of law day trivia.

Students also will learn about the effects of drunken driving through a presentation by Tracy McMillan, coordinator for the Snohomish County DUI and Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force. As part of the presentation, a car damaged in a drunken-driving crash will be on display.

The students also will learn from members of the Washington State Patrol’s bomb squad about avoiding explosive hazards.

The fifth-graders also will get a chance to meet trooper Chris Caiola and his canine partner, Buster.

The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The court will be open for people who want to pay traffic tickets, file small claims or have other courthouse business. No court hearings are scheduled for the day.

Law Day is a national event held in May. This year’s focus is on the historical role of the court system. For more information, go to

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