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YOUR GUIDE TO THE MOCK TRIAL. MOCK TRIAL ORDER OF OPERATIONS- THE CROWN. Crown (prosecution) opening statement- 5 minutes Crown first witness direct examination Crown first witness cross examination Crown second witness direct examination Crown second witness- cross examination.

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mock trial order of operations the crown
MOCK TRIAL ORDER OF OPERATIONS- THE CROWN
  • Crown (prosecution) opening statement- 5 minutes
  • Crown first witness direct examination
  • Crown first witness cross examination
  • Crown second witness direct examination
  • Crown second witness- cross examination
mock trial order of operations defense
MOCK TRIAL-ORDER OF OPERATIONS- DEFENSE
  • Defense opening statement (5 mins)
  • Defense witness one direct examination
  • Defense witness one cross examination
  • Defense witness two direct examination
  • Defense witness two cross examination
  • Summations (Close) Defense
  • Summations (Close) Crown
courtroom tips and etiquette
COURTROOM TIPS AND ETIQUETTE
  • The Judge rules the courtroom- don’t interrupt
  • Always say “Your Honour”
  • Always stand when the judge enters, or when talking
opening statements
OPENING STATEMENTS
  • Be clear, concise in your words
  • Try not to read too much
  • Put some inflection in your voice
  • Connect with your audience
  • Make sure that opening is a road map
opening statements cont
OPENING STATEMENTS CONT.
  • Try not to use big words- be conversational
  • remember you are talking to a jury that does not know the law
  • Your opening statement should be a road map- meaning it should have some direction: beginning,middle, end
more and more opening statement hints
MORE AND MORE OPENING STATEMENT HINTS
  • Remember you have not proven anything
  • Use “the evidence will show”
  • Road map means you introduce the case without arguing the case

Be sure of yourself and in charge

questioning witnesses
QUESTIONING WITNESSES
  • For your own witness- be friendly, conversational
  • Your attitude should be to get to the truth
  • Questions should be open ended, easy to follow, easy to answer- be the “good guy”
  • Tell the story in the most effective way
cross examining witnesses
CROSS EXAMINING WITNESSES
  • Short closed questions
  • Don’t give witness a chance to explain themselves
  • Try to pin them down into a corner
  • Be the “bad guy”, but don’t make the jury dislike you
cross examination continued
CROSS EXAMINATION CONTINUED
  • Be confrontational but not too confrontational
  • Make sure you poke holes in their credibility
closing statements
CLOSING STATEMENTS
  • Sum up your main points
  • If your opening was “This is what we are going to prove”
  • Your closing is “this is what we have proven
  • Burden of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt
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