The Case of the Missing Lucky Cat (2011)
Commonwealth of PA vs. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

The purpose of this mock trial is to help students participate and simulate an actual civil and criminal trial in the hope of better understanding the material in chapters 16-17. Most importantly, at the end of this project, students will understand the rule of law in the United States, the rights granted to the accused in the US Constitution, and the procedure in a criminal trial. Students will act as attorneys, witnesses, or jurors to participate in the trial. The jury will be required to reach a verdict based on beyond reasonable doubt (the burden of proof in a criminal trial). All of the necessary resources are found below:

(Assignments for witnesses, lawyers, and jury + point breakdown)

Defintion of common objections for lawyers - (use with the handout below!)

Objection homework worksheet for lawyers (use with handout above!)

Homework assignment for jury, bailiff, and witnesses

Instructions to Jury - JURORS MUST READ!

Some suggestions on how to be an effective lawyer. READ THIS!

Guide for writing opening statements and closing arguments (for lawyers only).