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Court Room Jobs: Mock Trail

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Jessica Olson

on 24 September 2014

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Court Room Jobs: Mock Trial
Judge
The judge presides over court proceedings from the "bench," which is usually an elevated platform. The judge has five basic tasks:
to preside over the proceedings and see that order is maintained;
to determine whether any of the evidence that the parties want to use is illegal or improper;
in jury trials, to give the jury instructions about the law that applies to the case and the standards it must use in deciding the case before it begins its deliberations about the facts in the case;
to sentence convicted criminal defendants.
Defendant(s)
Captain Preston and Soldiers
Defendants in criminal cases have a constitutional right to be present at their trials
Can be called to the stand as witnesses or to present their account
6 total for trial
Court Reporter
The court reporter sits near the witness stand in the courtroom and records everything that is said during the trial (or introduced into evidence) by typing it on a stenographic machine or by making an electronic sound recording. This becomes the official record of the trial.
Courtroom Court
The courtroom clerk (sometimes called the courtroom deputy) is usually seated in the courtroom near the judge. The courtroom clerk administers oaths to witnesses and interpreters, takes care of records and exhibits, keeps minutes of proceedings, prepares judgment and verdict forms, and generally helps the judge keep the trial running smoothly.
Name
Bailiff
Court bailiffs are law enforcement officers who are situated in courtrooms to maintain order and provide security. Along with guarding juries and enforcing rules of the courts, bailiffs open court by announcing the judges' arrival and close court by announcing the judges' departure. They may call witnesses to the stand and present the oath before witnesses take the stand. Court bailiffs might also provide administrative support to judges and jurors, stock courtroom supplies, deliver court documents and take custody of offenders.
Jury
The group of people seated in the boxed-in area on one side of the courtroom is the jury. The judge decides the law in the case and instructs the jury on the law. It's the jury's role to decide the facts in the case, and to apply the law on which the judge has instructed it in order to reach a verdict. In cases where the evidence conflicts, it's the jury's job to resolve the conflict and decide what really happened.
-11 to 12 members of the jury
Public Defender (John Adams)
responsible for defending all person(s) charged with crimes
present evidence and eyewitness testimony to support your case
team of 4
Eyewitnesses
Witnesses give testimony about the facts or issues in the case that are in dispute. During their testimony, they sit on the witness stand, facing the courtroom. Because the witnesses are asked to testify by one party or the other, they are often referred to as plaintiff's witnesses, government witnesses, or defense witnesses.
-6 witnesses for trail
Prosecution
Chief legal representative of prosecutors (government lawyer)
responsible for presenting the case in a criminal trail against an individual accused of breaking the law
present evidence and eyewitness testimony to support your case
team of 4
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