Saturday 7th of March…

This is how long you have left… click here.

 

All…

-return your consent form

-learn the procedure

-know how you will get 10 out of 10

 

Lawyers…

– email me/your witnesses your questions

-email me and the magistrates your speeches

-write your questions/speeches onto prompt cards

 

Legal Advisor…

-email me and the magistrates your speech

 

Magistrates…

-use the speeches

Last practice before half term…

ALL SHOULD NOW….

  • Know their role
  • Order of procedure
  • Speak with specialist language
  • Not rely on script
  • Emailed me their questions and their witnesses
  • Have their speeches ready
  • Come prepared…

See you tmrw!

 

Remember the banned words for leading questions, no reliance on script, making things up, burden of proof, the law…

:)

Mock Trial Update- Before Practice on 26th January

Lawyers- You should have written and emailed me- [email protected] and your witness your examination in chief questions. You must avoid any leading questions. Remember you must use the technical language- shown in the post below. For your cross examination questions you need to think of ways without any restrictions in questions to prove your point. Opening and Closing speeches- Have you started planning them? Remember, you can say what you might not be able to say openly during questioning. You will also have this time to summarise and make clear your points.

Witnesses- learn your statements. Think of ways of responding without just repeating word for word from your statement.

Students should not read excessively from notes or speak from memorised scripts

It is much easier to perform well if you can act spontaneously and judges will give more marks for this. Reading rigidly from notes or speaking from a memorised script may make your performance not true to life.

Magistrates- Think about the Law… do you understand it? Do you understand what Burden of Proof means? Have you learnt the information from your role guides?

 Standard of Proof

It is for the prosecution to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.

It was stated in the case of Miller v Minister of Pensions (1947) that proof beyond reasonable doubt does not mean proof beyond a shadow of a doubt: “If the evidence is so strong against a man as to leave only a remote possibility in his favour which can be dismissed with the sentence ‘of course it is possible but not in the least bit probable’ the case is proved beyond reasonable doubt, but nothing short of that will suffice”.

Usher- Do you know the court layout? The affirmation? The procedure?

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Court Clerk- have you understand the charge? The law? Can you simplify it? How is your speech coming along?

Court Reporter and Court Artist Competitions-

You need to observe the trials and write an article or draw a sketch based on the trial. You will have to submit your entries  to the Citizenship Foundation by Wednesday 25th March 2015.

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Have you all see the scores/marking grid?

How you will be graded?

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Do you all understand the law? The Charge? Do your points/questions aim to prove- convict or defend?

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Mock Trial Update- Monday 12th January

Remember all- you must use the correct language, all cases must be highlighted… and questions typed up and emailed to your witnesses. COPY me in!! [email protected]

 

Lawyers:

When calling for your witness…

If it may please you your worships, (Prosecution/Defence) would like to call (Name of Witness/Defendant) to the stand...

Then when you start questioning the witness…

For the benefit of the Court, please confirm your name, age and address.

Once, you begin your question you must say…

Please can I remind you to SPEAK loudly, clearly and slowly as the Magistrates may wish to take notes…

Also remind your witness…

Please adress your answers to the bench

Once you have asked your questions, you say…

I have no further questions, but please remain standing as my Learned colleague will

Once, your witness has been cross examined then you say…

Your worships, do you have any questions? … May my witness/Defendant (say name) please be seated.

 

Remember lawyers- you must examine in chief by using WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, AND WHY- YOU MAY ALSO USE DESCRIBE, PLEASE EXPLAIN, but avoid any leading questions! 

In cross examination- you may use any TYPE of questions! (this is what we will practice- next week!)

 

Remember- all- the court layout!

Usher- remember your affirmation and additional wording you need!

 

Magistrates- you must know- all elements in dispute and not in dispute…

 

Witnesses- learn your statements- inside out!

 

Legal Advisor- start thinking about summarising the law- learning your role guide- is vital!

 

 

 

2015 MOCK TRIAL TEAM-

FIRST ROUND OFFICIAL CASE ——> R V TAYLOR

Role Guides:

Read the case…Learn it…

 

Understand the difference between prosecution and defence…

Think of the positives and negatives in your mind…

 

YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN A COPY IN PRACTICE, AND WE WILL HIGHLIGHT IT TOGETHER… POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES! :)

WE ARE NOW PRACTICING FOR THE REAL THING-SATURDAY 7TH OF MARCH. 

 

 

 

MOCK TRIAL TEAM 2015!!!

WELL DONE TO THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS WHO HAVE MADE IT PAST THE AUDITIONS INTO THE MOCK TRIAL TEAM FOR 2015-
REALLY SORRY TO THOSE THAT DID NOT MAKE IT!!
 
MAGISTRATE- Alexis
MAGISTRATE- Lana
MAGISTRATE- Ruth
MAGISTRATE- Daniel
 
LEGAL ADVISOR- Ella 
/COURT USHER- Mya
 
PROSECUTION LAWYER 1- Lizzie
PROSECUTION LAWYER 2- Rani
 
PROSECUTION WITNESS 1- Joi
PROSECUTION WITNESS 2- Leonard
 
Reserve- Barnaby
 
DEFENCE LAWYER 1- Alice
DEFENCE LAWYER 2- Izzie
 
DEFENDENT- Shania
DEFENCE WITNESS 2- Beth
 
RESERVE- Tallia
 
YOU ALL NOW NEED TO READ THE MOCK TRIAL POSTS ON THIS BLOG
WATCH THE VIDEOS, DOWNLOAD YOUR ROLE GUIDE AND LOOK AT THE CASE-
 
You will be the roles you have been assigned above for the example case.
lawyers- write questions- both examination in chief and cross examination
witnesses- learn your statement
Usher- learn the procedure
Court Clerk- summarise the law
others- learn your role and the case.
 
COMPETITION HEAT ON SATURDAY 7TH OF MARCH!

Year 9 Mock Trial Competition 2015

Are you interested in joining the Year 9 Mock Trial Team?

 

DOWNLOAD THIS CASE- TO SEE AS AN EXAMPLE!-

R V Daniels= Practice Case

 

Do you…

  • Aspire to join the legal profession?
  • Want to improve your knowledge and understanding of the legal system?
  • Want to build up your confidence?
  • Want to learn how to work in a team work?
  • Want to be able to develop public speaking skills?
  • Want to learn how to develop an argument?
  • Want to improve your analytical skills?

Roles:

In the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff, students prosecute and defend specially written criminal cases. Teams compete against each other in real Magistrates’ courts in front of real magistrates.

Download the Role Guides BELOW- these documents will give you detailed information about what each specific role includes!

Watch the video below to learn about the roles of all the people involved in a Magistrates court! :)

 

There are three rounds… Regional Heats>Regional Finals>National Finals.

(You must win your round to get through to the next round, there will be 10 schools in each round and 16 in the National Finals.)

 

Preparation:

You will need to practice one day a week for 1.5 hours after school. You will need to read, practice and rehearse the case; individuals will have to either learn a statement, question witnesses or decide on the verdicts.

We will also visit a Magistrates court to get a feel for the layout and see where you will be performing. We will also have a visit from a real solicitor/barrister/judge/magistrate.

You will be given support by me and sixth formers.

 

  • Prosecution Lawyer 1 and 2- Prosecution lawyer 1 will need to write and deliver a speech.
  • Prosecution Witness 1 and 2.
  • Defence Lawyer 1 and 2- Defence Lawyer 1 will need to write and deliver a speech.
  • Defendant
  • and Defence Witness 2.
  • Court Usher
  • Legal Advisor
  • and 3 Magistrates
  • (Court Reporter and Court Usher)

Meanwhile- come and see me if you would like to see a practice case… or speak to last Years team…

Get practising for the audition!!