Holding a Mock Trial
A mock trial replicates the proceedings in a real court room. The trial places a character on trial and tries them in a simulated court of law, to experience the sorts of arguments that are needed to defend or prosecute a defendant.
The judge is the person who presides over the trial. He acts like a referee, making sure that all parties are heard. He helps the jury and then makes a final decision about the guilt or innocence of the defendant.
The lawyers and their legal team are responsible for proving the defendant's guilt or innocence. They use evidence to help support their argument.
The jury is made up of members of the public who listen to all of the arguments and evidence. They then have to make a decision about the guilt or innocence of the defendant.
The courtroom is set up where all members of the court can participate in the proceedings. It is set up in a similar way to the diagram below:
What do you know about trials? What role would you like to play in a Mock Trial?