PSHE/Citizenship KS3 & GCSE: Mock criminal trial (4/6) - Cross-examination of defence witness

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

The judge, Baroness Scotland, is interviewed about the 'innocent until proven guilty' element of the British legal system.

The defendant, Jo Sayles, gives her testimony and is cross-examined by the Prosecution barristers.

The mentoring team comment on the defendant's deportment during questioning and praise her calm response to the questioning.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to introduce a research project into how the English court system works.

Pupils could research the different roles individuals play in the court system and track the progress of a trial, from an initial charge in a police station to the delivery of a judge's verdict.

The clip could also act as a stimulus to create a mock trial in the classroom, complete with lawyers, jurors and defendants.

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 (5/6) - Further witnesses and closing statements
Mock criminal trial (6/6) - Verdict and sentencing