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2 Courtroom in the Classroom

3 Discussion of Trials What law programs have you seen in the movies or on TV? What law programs have you seen in the movies or on TV? Who are the participants in a courtroom? Who are the participants in a courtroom? –Lawyers, judge, jurors, witnesses, defendant, plaintiff or prosecutor, bailiff, police officers, clerk, court reporter, public

4 Roles in the Courtroom What does each person do in the courtroom? What does each person do in the courtroom? Why is each person important in the courtroom? Why is each person important in the courtroom?

5 Steps in a Trial Opening of the Court Opening of the Court Swearing in the Jury Swearing in the Jury Opening Statement by the Plaintiffs Attorney or the Prosecutor Opening Statement by the Plaintiffs Attorney or the Prosecutor Opening Statement by the Defendants Attorney Opening Statement by the Defendants Attorney Prosecutions Direct Examination of their witnesses Prosecutions Direct Examination of their witnesses Defenses Cross-examination of the Prosecutions witnesses Defenses Cross-examination of the Prosecutions witnesses Defenses Direct Examination of their witnesses Defenses Direct Examination of their witnesses Prosecutions cross-examination of the defenses witnesses Prosecutions cross-examination of the defenses witnesses Prosecution and Defense Closing Arguments Prosecution and Defense Closing Arguments Judges instructions to the jury Judges instructions to the jury Jury Deliberations & Verdict Jury Deliberations & Verdict We will have a quiz over these on Monday (A, B & C Periods) and on Wednesday for (D & E Periods) We will have a quiz over these on Monday (A, B & C Periods) and on Wednesday for (D & E Periods)

6 Selection of Case State of Florida v Alli McGraw Marijuana was found in Allis purse and she claims that she did not put it there. State of Florida v Alli McGraw Marijuana was found in Allis 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. State of Florida v Jesse Sunderson - Firecrackers exploded in a school locker and Jesse has been charged. He denies the allegations.

7 Selection of Roles 3 Prosecuting Attorneys 3 Prosecuting Attorneys 2 or 3 Defense Attorneys 2 or 3 Defense Attorneys 1 Bailiff 1 Bailiff 3 witnesses for the prosecution 3 witnesses for the prosecution 1 defendant 1 defendant 2 witnesses for the defense 2 witnesses for the defense All others will be jurors – at least 5 needed All others will be jurors – at least 5 needed

8 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 listed 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 listed Witnesses – 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) Witnesses – 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 Judge Bailiff – review the procedure for the oath; fill in the blanks of the Mock Trial Procedure handout for the Judge Jurors- imagine who you will be in 20 years and complete the Juror Biography form Jurors- imagine who you will be in 20 years and complete the Juror Biography form

9 Whats Next? Work with your side – rest of day 1 and all of day 2 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 3 All questions and objections due at the beginning of the period on day 3 Day 3 – Guest Speaker: final touches on roles & Voir Dire Day 3 – Guest Speaker: final touches on roles & Voir Dire Day 4 – Courthouse Tour & Mock Trial Day 4 – Courthouse Tour & Mock Trial


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