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The Mock Trial
The Mock Trial
Learn about The Mock Trial here
You have an opportunity to take part in a mock trial.
We have prepared a trial which the class can reenact under the supervision of the teacher.
Move through the slides to prepare for the trial of Sam Beckham.
In order to carry out a trial, the following roles should be assigned:
- The Judge
- The Court Registrar
- Judicial Assistant
- The Accused
- Prosecution barrister(s)
- Defence barrister(s)
- The Jury (a jury usually consists of 12 people, but you may use a smaller number for the purposes of your mock trial)
Depending on numbers, you could also appoint:
- A garda who sits beside the accused and then escorts the jury
- Court reporter, to draft a 'news story' of the events that take place in the court
- Court sketch artist, who produces sketches of the people in the courtroom (this can happen as cameras are disallowed in the courtroom).
A trial generally consists of:
- Opening speeches (usually the prosecution goes first, to introduce their case)
- Examination In Chief - where witnesses are called and questioned by both sides in the case.
- Cross-examination - where witnesses are further questioned by the lawyers for the other side.
- Closing speeches.
- Jury deliberation and verdict.
Each participant should do their best to stay 'in character' during the trial.
The teacher is responsible for timekeeping.
- If the accused is found guilty, the judge asks the accused to stand
- The judge imposes a 'sentence'
- If the accused is found not guilty, the judge tells him/her that he/she is free to go
Always remember there is a certain 'protocol' in effect when you are in the courtroom:
- Witnesses stand to be sworn in and sit when giving their evidence
- Barristers stand when examining witnesses
- The accused, after the indictment is read and he/she pleads, sits down and does not rise until asked to do so by the judge
- When speaking to the judge, he/she should be addressed as 'judge' or 'the court'
- Interruptions are only allowed if permitted by the judge. Everyone must remain silent unless involved in the giving or taking of evidence or otherwise talking to the judge
- Mobile phones are not allowed in court
- No eating or drinking is allowed in court
- The jury must consider their verdict in private