Mock trial

Mock trials can be linked to the curriculum in many subjects. A fictional character, an historical figure, a scientist, a religious figure or an artist could all be put on trial accused of a relevant “crime” e.g. being most to blame for a negative event. The activity needs to be planned and prepared in advance with different members of the class being allotted different roles (e.g. the accused, the lawyers, the witnesses, the judge and court staff). Any class member not given a different role becomes the jury. A less labour intensive method is to play the accused yourself and to divide the class into three groups – the prosecution and defence who will argue the sides and ask your questions and the jury who will decide. For more information or to download mock trial resources suitable for citizenship classes, visit

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