During April, seniors taking American Government participated in mock trials in their classrooms. Students first learned about the rules of evidence, and each selected or was assigned a role as a judge, bailiff, attorney, witness or juror. They then applied their knowledge of the rules of evidence and their case briefs to perform a detailed simulated trial, complete with jury deliberations, a verdict and sentencing. Students were able to participate in the functioning of the four principles of the American court system:
- Equal justice under the law
- Due process
- The Adversary System
- Presumption of innocence
Students enjoyed the process as well, and many exhibited excellent analytical, written and oral communication, and dramatic skills.