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American Idol Talent Agency has suggested you for a starring role in The Real People's Court.

Judge Marilyn Milian presides over TVís Peopleís Court,
Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown have their TV courts too.


The REAL Peopleís Court is part of Benchmarkís Trial and Hearing Skills Training. Every other year we offer this training to develop the trial skills of lawyers who represent the poor, seniors, people with disabilities and other very low-income people in civil cases. This week long training which takes place at Presentation Center in Los Gatos ends with a jury trial in the Superior Courthouse in San Jose.

As a witness, you'll play a role in Martin v. Smith, a landlord tenant action where Martin seeks to evict Smith alleging Smith (and three children) have trashed Martin's house. Smith says that Martin rented her a dump and failed to keep her promise to fix the place.

Ms./Mr. Martin and cousin testify for Martin.
Ms./Mr. Smith and baby sitter testify for Smith.
This is as good as it gets!

Witnesses are most important in making the trial an effective learning experience--learning which results in more quality legal services for poor people. As a bonus, you'll have a chance to meet other people who share your commitment to justice and have a great time doing it!

Witness Orientation Friday, 7 pm Date TBA

As soon as we hear from you, we'll send your "part" to you. During orientation, we'll go over roles and answer any questions.
In role you'll meet with the lawyers who will prepare you for trial.
You're invited to join us for 6:00 pm dinner on Friday at Presentation Center and stay there that evening.

Trial Saturday, TBA, 8 am-4 pm

You will testify during the trial and most likely will be finished by 2:00 pm. We encourage you to stay for the rest of the trial and give the participants feedback on their performance.

Youíre invited to attend a special dinner back at Presentation Center on Saturday evening and celebrate.

Deadline  Send the "Audition" form below to us as soon as possible. We'll email the facts you need to know about your role.




Yes, I would like to be a witness on Sat.
I would like to join you for Friday dinner at 6:00 pm.
I'll need lodging on Friday night.
I would like to join you for Saturday dinner at 6:00 pm.
I will need lodging on Saturday night.
Sorry, I can't participate this year. Keep me on your mailing list.
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