Before the Trial

I. Constitutional principles that are illustrated by a mock trial

These principles form the core of democratic citizenship and they provide an opportunity to consider and act out procedures that ensure fairness in the judicial system

Rule of Law

Presumption of Innocence

Burden of Proof

Due Process (Substantive and procedural justice)

Rights of the Accused (habeas corpus, häktning)

II. Concepts of justice, authority, responsibility

These large philosophical underpinnings of democracy are the foundations upon which legal systems are based. They stretch students’ minds and offer opportunities to apply democratic principles to daily life.

III. Preparing our mock trial

1. Script and vocabulary

2. Witness statements

3. Attorney teams preparation

4. Judge, jury and bailiff

Example script


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