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Courtroom in the Classroom. Discussion of Trials . What 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.

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Discussion of Trials

  • What 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


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Roles in the Courtroom

  • What does each person do in the courtroom?

  • Why is each person important in the courtroom?


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Steps in a Trial

  • Opening of the Court

  • Swearing in the Jury

  • Opening Statement by the Plaintiff’s Attorney or the Prosecutor

  • Opening Statement by the Defendant’s Attorney

  • Prosecution’s Direct Examination of their witnesses

  • Defense’s Cross-examination of the Prosecution’s witnesses

  • Defense’s Direct Examination of their witnesses

  • Prosecution’s cross-examination of the defense’s witnesses

  • Prosecution and Defense Closing Arguments

  • Judges instructions to the jury

  • Jury Deliberations & Verdict

  • We will have a quiz over these on Monday (A, B & C Periods) and on Wednesday for (D & E Periods)


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Selection of Case

  • State of Florida v AlliMcGraw Marijuana was found in Alli’s purse and she claims that she did not put it there.

  • State of Florida v JesseSunderson - Firecrackers exploded in a school locker and Jesse has been charged. He denies the allegations.


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Selection of Roles

  • 3 Prosecuting Attorneys

  • 2 or 3 Defense Attorneys

  • 1 Bailiff

  • 3 witnesses for the prosecution

  • 1 defendant

  • 2 witnesses for the defense

  • All others will be jurors – at least 5 needed


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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

  • 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

  • Jurors- imagine who you will be in 20 years and complete the Juror Biography form


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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 3

  • Day 3 – Guest Speaker: final touches on “roles” & Voir Dire

  • Day 4 – Courthouse Tour & Mock Trial


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