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Classroom Mock Trials Inform Gov Students
Classroom Mock Trials Inform Gov Students
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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.

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