11/15/19 Criminal Law/Mock Trial

Go to Google Classroom and open the document with the direct questions in it

Choose FOUR questions and write one well thought out answer for each of those four questions.  Write well thought out and developed answers.  5 points per question (20 points). Answer extra questions for extra credit.

Due at the end of class.

11/14 Criminal Law

Review videos of opening and closing statement


One more witness/attorney


Crim Law 10/28-11/13


Opening Statement Closing Argument

–        Outlining facts of the case

–        Introduces the basics of the disagreement

–        Lays out blueprint of the trial

–        “Mr. James will testify…”

–        “Mr. James will tell us…”

–        “The evidence will show…”





– Persuade jurors to interpret facts in their favor

–        Witnesses credibility

–        How pieces of the puzzle fit together

–        What the significance of the facts in the trial are

Present attorney and witness direct questions.


Finish court scene from Monterrey


Veterans Day


Watch competition winning team on youtube


Go over direct and closed questions using 20 questions.  Play twice.

Open up document of all witnesses and write/edit questions


Fire days


Half day – objection practice using whiteboards

Criminal Law

October 21-25

Review main objections used in court (Monday and Tuesday)

Kahoot on objections, studying objections (Wednesday)


Witnesses: Please ensure that your annotations on your characters are complete.

Please write 10 questions you feel your attorney should ask

Please write 5 questions you feel the opposing attorney should ask

I will check annotations and your 15 questions tomorrow for a total of 30 points.

Attorneys:  Please have at least one witnesses direct examination questions and another’s cross examination questions done.  This will be 30 points I will check tomorrow.

Timekeepers: distribute your time cards and choose a witness to annotate.  Time card verification and annotations checked tomorrow for 30 points.

Bailiffs:  Are your notecards done?  Take thorough notes on your rules of the courtroom in your notebook.  I will check notecards and notes tomorrow for 30 points.

Pretrial: Please annotate and have summaries for at least three cases from the case packet.


Annotate witness statements, assign different witnesses to attorneys


Review roles with veteran team members


No class


Go over roles and purposes


Discuss your role and purpose with your team.  Write on the board.


Go over errata one by one

10/7/19 – 10/10/19

Auditions for different trial parts


Character sketch for witness testimony is attached in Google Classroom.

Attorney would-bes need to prepare an opening statement. Start first with page 5 section E in the textbook to guide you into this process. Next look at page 21 for opening statement prep.

After, look at the elements of the crime you want to defend/prosecute. Finally, attempt an opening statement.

9/23/19-9/27/19 Criminal Law Agendas


Present witness statements.

Take notes.

Begin alternative timelines.


Wednesday: Please take notes in your notebook on pages 65-73 of the textbook. You may read together, but individual notes are required. I will check these notes and give credit on Thursday. We will begin witness statements on Thursday.


Monday and Tuesday: Please be sure that you are ready to share your witness statement (character) with the whole class. Please include:

(1) Reading of the entire statement assigned to one or more people to read BEFORE you present.

(2) A timeline of what that witness thinks happened.

(3) How that fits or does not fit with the big timeline in the back.

(4) What facts favor prosecution? What facts favor defense?

(5) What questions this new information leaves you with.

9/16/19-9/20/19 Criminal Law Agendas


Go over answers from yesterday.

Read first deposition and place on the timeline.


Answer the following questions in your notebook from pages 3-4 book:

  1. What is a criminal case?
  2. What is a burden of proof?
  3. What is the criminal burden of proof?  Elaborate!
  4. What are “aggravating” and “mitigating” circumstances?
  5. What are affirmative defenses?
  6. Why is case law important?


Complete personal timeline.

Create gigantic timeline on the back wall of events as set out in the basic fact pattern.

9/9/19-9/13/19 Criminal Law Agendas


Full Case Packet!  A look at the details of the case from the charges.


Page 59 – 62 in the book.  Take notes on hearsay in groups.  Read out loud or silently.


Hearsay – an introduction.  What is evidence?  What are the different typed of evidence?  What is hearsay?


Late start: My Cousin Vinny


Complete Criminal Law Case Brief Questions.

Criminal Law Agenda 9/3/-9/6

Read and learn about Al Capone.  Discuss the weight of law and what that actually means.

Review court house roles.  Show how they are used in mock trial.

Review criminal trial structure.

Expose students to time sheet and have them staple it in their notebook.

Get books from library.

Go over case brief.

  1. In three or less sentences summarize the case.
  2. What is the prosecution’s/victim’s (government’s) main argument that the defendant is guilty?
  3. What is the defendant’s/alleged murderer’s argument that he is innocent?
  4. What facts do you believe? Why?
  5. What facts DON’T you believe? Why?

Criminal Law Class Week 1

Welcome to the first year of Criminal Law!  I am very excited to be piloting this program and look forward to filling your minds with new and enthralling information.  This class is not JUST for mock trial competitors, but for anyone who wants to learn about Criminal Law.

Day 1: Today was an introduction to the idea of Criminal Law and how our memory is flawed as eye witnesses.  I played a video from Shazam (the robbery scene) and had students get into groups and work to write down every single detail they could remember.

Day 2: What to expect?  The VCOE website?  What exactly is Mock Trial?

Day 3: Should it be a crime? An activity be StreetLaw.