Making the Case: Mock Hearing Toolkit

This OJEN Mock Hearings Toolkit has been developed to provide ideas and assistance to teachers or justice sector representatives thinking of coordinating a mock hearing (bail hearings, trials, sentencings, sentencing circles and appeals) for Ontario students.

A student mock hearing is a simulation of a real court or administrative hearing, with students playing the roles of lawyers, witnesses, accused, court staff and in some cases the judge. Fact scenarios can include civil or criminal disputes. During mock hearings, students reenact every step of a real hearing. Mock hearings are a great way to bring the law to life for students. Participants develop their advocacy, public speaking, organization, research, and reasoning skills. They work as members of a team, developing a theory of a case, and making sure all elements of their case are presented harmoniously. Individually, either as a lawyer presenting arguments or leading evidence, or as a witness giving evidence, they develop personal confidence and self-esteem. And student participants learn to think on their feet!

Grade Level: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Curriculum Links: 
Civics, Grade 10, Open (CHV2O)
History
Law
Understanding Canadian Law in Everyday Life, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation (CLU3E)
Understanding Canadian Law, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (CLU3M)
Legal Studies, Grade 12, College Preparation (CLN4C)
Canadian and International Law, Grade 12, University Preparation (CLN4U)
Politics
Family Studies
Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (HSP3M)
Challenge and Change in Society, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (HSB4M)
Business Studies
Native Studies
English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development
Date Produced/Updated: 
2007

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