PSHE/Citizenship KS3 & GCSE: Mock criminal trial (5/6) - Further witnesses and closing statements

A live criminal justice case based on a Joint Enterprise crime committed by a teenager, with all parts played by teenagers.

The second defence witness, Jo Sales' cousin Bobby Forwood, is called to the stand.

She is questioned by the defence barristers then cross-examined by the prosecution barristers.

This is interspersed with comments from the expert barristers on the performances of the young barristers and Bobby Forwood.

This segment is followed by the closing statements from both teams of young barristers.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could be asked to predict whether the defendant will be found guilty or not guilty.

As a follow up activity, pupils could be asked to design their own ideal justice system explaining any differences to the current British system.

How were criminals judged before trial by jury was introduced?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching classes about law and justice in the UK. It will be suitable for ages 11-16.

Suitable for: KS3, GCSE/KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 3, National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

More from Young Legal Eagles:

Mock criminal trial (1/6) - Case and plea
Mock criminal trial (2/6) - Opening statement for the prosecution and first witness
Mock criminal trial (3/6) - Court reporting and further witnesses
Mock criminal trial (4/6) - Cross-examination of defence witness
Mock criminal trial (6/6) - Verdict and sentencing