Mini Mock Trial

Lesson Duration

Mini-Mock Trials are shorter versions of mock trial, taking an average of  2-3 hours. They are helpful for teaching about trial procedure as well as teaching the particular content of the trial. For example, one mini mock trial teaches driving responsibility. Through mini mock trials, students develop an understanding of the people in the courtroom and their functions, the importance of rules in insuring fairness of  the proceeding, and the importance of witnesses and jurors in determining the facts of the case. Mini mock trials are appropriate for students grades 5 and up.

Instructions for conducting a mini-mock trial along with students handouts are included in the Mini-Mock Trial Manual Instructions. Specific trials include the facts of the case and witnesses statements.

Mini Mock Trial Manual Instructions 2014



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  1. Lisa Scully
    Posted December 30, 2015 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I have been trying to access the State v. Alli case but it seems to come up today as all gibberish. I was able to read it yesterday. Is there any way to get a copy?

  2. John J Weil
    Posted January 29, 2016 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    We used these mini mock trial packets as part of our mock trial preparation. I teach 7th grade civics and we conducted a mock trial in each class. Our jury used these mini-mock trial packets for practice in how to be a jury, how to make a decision based on the facts, and how to reach consensus. Extremely helpful in being able to have the jury members actually practice being a jury before the “real” trial.


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