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?
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.
Have you all see the scores/marking grid?
How you will be graded?
Do you all understand the law? The Charge? Do your points/questions aim to prove- convict or defend?