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Mock Trial Basics

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Scott Nilsen

on 7 May 2010

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Transcript of Mock Trial Basics

Basics of Mock Trial Direct Examinations Witnesses Opening Statements Cross Examinations Objections Closing Statements Ask Open Ended Questions Proceed Step-By-Step The Witness is the Star Who? What? When? Why? Where? How? http://www.flickr.com/photos/serendipitypeace/2178371220/sizes/l/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/tamnluproductions/365340593/sizes/o/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/tim_ellis/541467317/sizes/o/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/colemama/3221563192/sizes/o/ Background in the Case Final Wrap Up The Events in Question Personal Info Tie to the Case The Lawyer is the Star Ask Close-Ended Questions Only Ask Important Stuff Stuff that makes your side look good Stuff that makes their side look bad Use the Five Paragraph Essay Format Present Your Side of the Story Use the Future Tense Use a Theme Use the Past Tense Incorporate Specifics from the Trial Return to Your Theme Make Your Argument Give More than a Yes or No for an Answer Know the Material Backward and Forward
Become the Character Objections when Something in the Answer is Wrong Objections when Something in the Question is Wrong Asked and Answered Lack of Foundation Relevance Lack of Personal Knowledge/Speculation Improper Opinion Narration Form of the Question Argumentative If the question is of the wrong type, or the lawyer asks a multiple-part question If the question isn't actually a question, but is actually an argument If the lawyer has asked and received an answer about that particular question If the lawyer hasn’t properly established everything leading up to the question If the question or answer does not make the issue at hand more or less likely If the witness does not have first-hand knowledge of what they are testifying about When a non-expert witness offers an opinion for testimony, rather than facts When a witness is testifying, but no longer answering the question that was asked Trial Overview P Opening Statement D Opening Statement Direct P Witnesses Cross P Witnesses Direct D Witnesses Cross D Witnesses P Closing Statement D Closing Statement P Rebuttal
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