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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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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


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


HINTS AND TIPS TO SHINE AND BE ELECTRIFYING DURING THE TRIAL


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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Be confrontational but not too confrontational

  • Make sure you poke holes in their credibility


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


NOW YOU ARE READY TO “STYLE AND PROFILE”


OR BE AS GOOD OR ELOQUENT AS THIS GUY (ON THE LEFT)


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