PSHE/Citizenship KS3 & GCSE: Mock criminal trial (2/6) - Opening statement for the prosecution and first witness

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

The first prosecution witness, victim Farley Joseph takes to the stand to testify and is questioned by the prosecution and cross examined by the defence, using flashbacks to the dramatic reconstruction of the crime.

This is interspersed with mentoring sessions with the defence and prosecution barristers and their teams of young people, and expert interviews with barristers, to show how they prepared for the questioning and cross examination of prosecution witnesses.

Teacher Notes

Students could discuss what they have just seen in the clip.

Did anything surprise them about the opening statement and the account of the first witness?

Were the first witness' answers strong?

Did she cope well with the line of questioning?

What more could or should the witness have said or been asked during the questioning?

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 (3/6) - Court reporting and further witnesses
Mock criminal trial (4/6) - Cross-examination of defence witness
Mock criminal trial (5/6) - Further witnesses and closing statements
Mock criminal trial (6/6) - Verdict and sentencing