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To Kill a Mockingbird Mock Trial
Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird Mock Trial
INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY
WITNESSES MUST TAKE OATHS
Monday, February 17, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
The Case: Robinson vs. Ewell
STATE YOUR ARGUMENT.
Using your choice in media, you will create an article documenting the entire case (before and during the actual trial). You will be writing an article of 250 words and documenting the trial with photographs or sketches. Please feel free to use your cell phones to snap photos during the trial so that you may use them for your articles.
Prosecutors and defense counsel must create a flow-chart for questioning the opposing side's witness.
You may only use YES OR NO questions. Again, the objective is to present more evidence that supports your argument.
Mrs. Robinson has had her share of suffering; after losing her husband, she is left to care for her children without any other support. A widow and sole provider, she has been scarred by the public slander (her husband died with a terrible reputation) and has experienced mental anguish at her family's loss.
1. Trial Opening
2. Opening Statements
3. Direct Examination 1
4. Cross-examination 1
5. Direct Examination 2
6. Cross-Examination 2
7. Closing Arguments
8. Jury Deliberation
Work together on the writing process, but only ONE person may present your closing statement.
Restate your position.
Account for all new evidence presented.
You may write rebuttals to arguments made by your opponent.
We will be trying the Ewells for slander!
YOU WILL COVER THE FULL TRIAL!
How to question a witness...
The trial follows a very specific protocol.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Tom Robinson's wife is taking on the Ewells in court.
You will be in charge of prosecuting
the Ewells for the slander of Tom
Robinson and his family. If the Ewells
are found guilty, they will need to
compensate Mrs. Robinson for her
losses and her pains.
You will be in charge of defending the
Ewells. Using strong rhetoric and
witness accounts, convince the jury
that this family is not at fault for
Tom's poor reputation and Mrs.
Bailiff: Please rise. The MHS Court is now in session, the Honorable presiding.”
Everyone remains standing until the Judge is seated.
Judge: “Ms./Mr. (Bailiff’s name), what is today’s case?”
Bailiff: “Your Honor, today’s case is _.
Judge: “Is the prosecution ready? Is the defense ready?”
Attorneys: “Yes, your Honor.” (Always say “your Honor” when speaking to the judge.)
The prosecutors and defense counsel
make opening speeches explaining
what they hope to accomplish and why.
"Your Honor, members of the jury, my name is
___________ and my colleagues and I are representing __________ in this case. We intend to prove... Here are the facts..."
-Address the specific members of the court.
Prosecutors and defense must
choose one witness to question.
Create a list of questions THAT
GIVE SUPPORTING EVIDENCE
FOR YOUR ARGUMENT.
Characters being questioned must
remain IN CHARACTER.
YOU WILL HAVE ONLY
5 MINUTES TO DEVELOP
A CLOSING STATEMENT
(SPEECH) THAT ASSERTS
CAN WE OBJECT?
Of course you can!
Main kinds of objections...
Leading the Witness
(Let the witness tell his or her OWN story.)
(Needs to match evidence, plot and characters in the book!)
(All information/questioning should be vital to your argument.)
(Witnesses should answer the questions.)