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What is a Mock Trial?

Sam Nash
Teacher Johnny Galan presides as judge over the Mock Trial cases on Friday, March 22


A mock trial is when students are in a team and they get different cases that have a crime in them. There are normally 2 teams, a prosecution and a defense. The defense’s job is to help the jury find the defendant not guilty, the prosecution will have to prove that he is guilty. Each team has 2 lawyers and 4 witnesses. Before the trial they get about 2 months to prepare for their case including doing a case theory and a witness matrix. Once the time is up the head to the courthouse and fight for a winning case. Mock trials let kids at Lively experience being in a courthouse and getting to examine real criminal cases if they one day want to become a lawyer.


I interviewed one of the mock trial students, 8th grader Amelia Ratcliffgardy and she told me a quick summary about the upcoming case she has. Her case is about a murder that Kaycee Davidson is being accused of. She is being accused of murdering Alex Thompson. In this case it is the defense’s job to try and prove Kaycee Davidson not guilty and the prosecution is trying to prove Kaycee guilty of the murder.

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“Mock trial is a very intense class that requires a lot of hard work but it can still be really fun,” said Ratcliffgardy.

“It’s alright,I just don’t like doing the tests and work in the class, ” said 8th grader Nathalie Torres.

I personally think mock trial can be fun but sometimes people one your team don’t work as much


When students came back from their trial today, they were very tired. Ratcliffgardy, who was a lawyer on her case, said that her team had won. She said that her team worked very well and was able to pull off a good mock trial.

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Niva Bonzek
Niva Bonzek, Staff Writer
Niva Bonzek is part of the Falcon Cry staff  at Lively Middle School. She's been at Lively since 6th grade and has loved it here. She enjoys movies, food, pets, and many other things! She loves to take pictures of colorful and interesting things. She loves to do swimming as a sport with her friends. She loves having news paper as her class and is excited to continue the year!
Sam Nash
Sam Nash, Co-Editor in Chief
Sam Nash is a 7th grade Digital Newspaper student at Lively Middle School.
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