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					                                              STEPS IN A MOCK TRIAL CASE
    Step                        Description                                            Keys to Success

                                                                Speak LOUDLY and CLEARLY
                  Judge will ask each member to stand          Make eye contact
    Team           and introduce themselves. The purpose        Get your vocabulary correct
introductions      is largely so the evaluators and judges      Witnesses respond with “I AM” not with “I will be
                   can put names with faces.                     playing”
                                                                Give a good “team” first impression

                  Lead attorney will get permission to         Knowing exactly what you need to ask for
                   move around the courtroom, find where
                                                                Eye contact, assertiveness
                   to place exhibits, and clarify when
  Pre-Trial                                                     Being prepared in case the judge asks you to swear in
                   witnesses will be sworn in.
  Motions                                                        witnesses
                  May also be used to draw attention to a
                                                                Even if the other team goes first, still ask that all the same
                   particular rule or stipulation the judge
                   needs to be aware of                          privileges apply to each team (they always will)


                                                                  Good “attention getter”
                                                                  Slow, clear speaking pattern
                  Opportunity for the “P” side to lay out
   “P” side                                                       Easy-to-follow theme
                   their case
   opening                                                        Describes law and burden of proof in easy to follow terms
                  This essentially explains WHY
  statement                                                       Tells the jury exactly what they will hear today
                   everyone is in court today
                                                                  Witnesses stand when called
                                                                  Ends by clearly stating the position of the prosecution

   “D” side
                  Opportunity for the “D” side to lay out
   opening                                                      (same as above)
                   why there should be no trial
  statement
                  This is the beginning of the “evidence”
                                                                Questions are “open-ended”
                   of the trial
                                                                The witness is lively, believable, and KNOWS THE
  “P” side        The witness will testify to things that
                                                                 STATEMENT!
witness direct     help the “P” side make their case
                                                                Attorney is prepared for and can respond easily to
examination       The witness will testify to things they
                                                                 objections
                   have seen or heard by answering open-
                                                                (See the 5 “Musts” for more)
                   ended questions that tell a story
                  The “D” side gets to ask the “P”             Questions are “closed” or “leading”
“D” side cross     witness some questions that make the         The attorney is IN CONTROL of the witness
  examines         witness seem less believable OR raises       Attorney is prepared for and can respond easily to
   witness         concerns with some of the facts brought       objections
                   up from the direct examination               (See the 5 “musts” for more)
                  Optional procedures used if something
     Re-           damaging came up on cross                    Usually no more than 1-2 questions
direct/recross    Rarely needed and supposed to be short       Focused on ONE specific part of the cross
                   and to the point
  “D” side
                  The reverse of above.
witness direct
                  The defense calls their witnesses for
examination                                                     Same as above
                   directs and the “P” side gets a chance to
and “P” side
                   cross
    cross
                  “P” side gets a chance to begin closing
                   and then save time for rebuttal              Similar to opening
  “P” Side
                  Differs from opening in that now             Uses specific quotes and facts that came up during the tria
   Closing
  argument
                   evidence has been presented so the           Reinforces the theme/theory of their side
                   attorney can make an argument for
                   victory with evidence
   “D” side       Makes an argument for why the jury           Similar to defense opening
    closing        should find in favor of the defendant by     Uses specifics and reinforces theme/theory of the case
  argument         using SPECIFIC evidence from the trial

				
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