2 Discussion of TrialsWhat law programs have you seen in the movies or on TV?Who are the participants in a courtroom?Lawyers, judge, jurors, witnesses, defendant, plaintiff or prosecutor, bailiff, police officers, clerk, court reporter, public
3 Roles in the Courtroom What does each person do in the courtroom? Why is each person important in the courtroom?
4 Steps in a TrialOpening of the CourtSwearing in the JuryOpening Statement by the Plaintiff’s Attorney or the ProsecutorOpening Statement by the Defendant’s AttorneyProsecution’s Direct Examination of their witnessesDefense’s Cross-examination of the Prosecution’s witnessesDefense’s Direct Examination of their witnessesProsecution’s cross-examination of the defense’s witnessesProsecution and Defense Closing ArgumentsJudges instructions to the juryJury Deliberations & VerdictWe will have a quiz over these on Monday (A, B & C Periods) and on Wednesday for (D & E Periods)
5 Selection of CaseState of Florida v Alli McGraw Marijuana was found in Alli’s purse and she claims that she did not put it there.State of Florida v Jesse Sunderson - Firecrackers exploded in a school locker and Jesse has been charged. He denies the allegations.
6 Selection of Roles 3 Prosecuting Attorneys 2 or 3 Defense Attorneys 1 Bailiff3 witnesses for the prosecution1 defendant2 witnesses for the defenseAll others will be jurors – at least 5 needed
7 Directions for each Role Attorneys – read the facts; divide up jobs (opening, objections, closing, direct of each of the 3 witnesses, cross of each of the 3 other witnesses) --- each attorney should do 3 of the tasks listedWitnesses – read and re-read over your statements; work with lawyers from your side to help prepare for questioning; you can improvise any details that are not contained in your statement (which can NOT be altered)Bailiff – review the procedure for the oath; fill in the blanks of the Mock Trial Procedure handout for the JudgeJurors- imagine who you will be in 20 years and complete the Juror Biography form
8 What’s Next? Work with your side – rest of day 1 and all of day 2 All questions and objections due at the beginning of the period on day 3Day 3 – Guest Speaker: final touches on “roles” & Voir DireDay 4 – Courthouse Tour & Mock Trial
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