PSHE/Citizenship KS3 & GCSE: Mock criminal trial (6/6) - Verdict and sentencing

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, sums up the case for the jury and they are sent from the court to carry out their deliberation.

Expert interviewees discuss the role of the jury.

We see the jury discussing the case, interspersed with commentary from expert barristers.

The jury decide on a verdict and are brought back to the court.

They find Jo Sales not guilty.

The mentors congratulate all the participants and discuss the trial with them.

They all comment on everyone's performance and Lawrence Power concludes with some final words about the importance of young people joining the legal profession.

Teacher Notes

Before watching this clip, students could form their own jury and debate whether the defendant is innocent or guilty of the crime.

They could then watch the jury in the clip deliver their verdict and see if they agree with the outcome.

One question that is asked in the clip is whether people might consider a career in the legal profession.

Students could discuss what qualifications they might need to do this, how they might gain them, and the advantages and disadvantages of working in law.

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 (5/6) - Further witnesses and closing statements