Kids Build Courtroom Confidence in UNLV Program

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 10-year-old University of Nevada, Las Vegas program that teaches children how to navigate court appearances could be a model in other parts of the country and world.

The Kids' Court School at the Boyd School of Law won a Harvard Bright Ideas award in the fall, and director Rebecca Nathanson tells the Las Vegas Sun she's received inquiries about the program from as far away as Australia.

Kids' Court has worked with more than 700 children during its decade of operation. It teaches participants who may be victims, witnesses or defendants about the terminology used in a courtroom, and allows them to practice speaking in front others by giving testimony about a fictitious case.

Nathanson says the research-based program helps decrease children's anxiety during critical court proceedings.