Process
  1. First the students are assigned to a specific team: one group will be the defense attorneys, one the prosecuting attorneys, one the witnesses including (see list). The witnesses will be divided between witnesses for the prosecution and witnesses for the defense; this plan will prevent the lawyers from doing all the background work and will keep the witnesses as active participants in the pre-trial work.
  2. Once they've picked a role to play, they will do the background and textual research appropriate to their role.
  3. The next day will be the trial; each side will call witnesses, make opening and closing statements, and await the verdict.
  • Suggestions for a successful trial:
  1. Limit number of witnesses to four for each side
  2. Limit amount of time per person (5 for questioning, 5 for cross, 2 for rebuttal
  3. Every person needs to speak at least once
  4. Each team will have a recorder, the duties rotating as each witness takes the stand.
  5. Closing arguments limited to five to eight minutes.
  6. Each team can recall a witness or call a new witness at the end of the trial. Each team has four minutes. Cross exam for two minutes.
  7. Teams can confer with a one minute time out for a limit of five per side.
  8. Cross examination can lead the witness
  9. Lawyers cannot give testimony; witnesses cannot narrate.
10.Teams can choose four witnesses from the witness list.
11.Time should be allotted for processing and following up.