TuffingTost Senior Reporter
Greetings TNP and Guest.
I am excited to announce the beta launch of my mock trial program. A mock trial is a composition where two sides argue a fictional case before a simulated court, often using real world procedures.
In this Beta Launch, we will be testing the Court Room Discord server, roles, and procedures; in order to iron out any bugs before I start a regular program of trials.
Our First CaseOn the evening of May 18, 2018, a fire engulfed the Lincoln Dormitory at Prairie Lake Preparatory Academy in Lake City, Illinois, killing student Carly Walsh, who lived in the dormitory. The Defendant, Alex Buckley, a former student at Prairie Lake Preparatory Academy, has been charged by the People of the State of Illinois with having committed the criminal offenses of Aggravated Arson and First Degree Murder in connection with the death of Carly Walsh. The Defendant has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.
Persons NeededWe will need people to fill the following roles:
- Prosecutor (Taken)
- Defendant (taken)
- Defendants Counsel
- Prosecution Witness 1, Dakota Pope, Student
- Prosecution Witness 2, Hayden Rodriguez, Guidance Counselor
- Prosecution Witness 3, Casey Burke, LCPD Division Chief (taken)
- Defendant Witness 1, Jordan Calvin, Store Owner (taken)
- Defendant Witness 2, Kennedy Felder, Forensic Psychologist (Taken)
- Jury Members (Multiple) (Closed till we fill the other rolls)
How This WorksBoth sides will be given a copy of the statements and reports from the witnesses, some premade evidence, the Grand Jury indictment, and the criminal statutes. Each side will have time to prepare their cases. Each side will have the opportunity to challenge evidence, witnesses, and conduct other pretrial activities before the jury is seated. However, there are several stipulations that binding on the case and will be published after a pre-trial meeting with both parties.
Once the court is called into session, a jury will be impaneled and will be provided pre-trail instructions on their conduct, the basic charges being presented, and court room procedures.
Then the trial will begin. The Prosecution will present their case first, then the defense. Formal procedures will be provided once we have established the players in the case.
QuestionsAre we using the Midlands Rules of Evidence?
Yes, we are using the Midlands Rules as written here : http://www.collegemocktrial.org/Midlands%20Rules%20of%20Evidence.pdf
What is the time frame for the trial?
The goal is to handle a case in a two week span. The first week being pretrial and motions. The Second week being trial prep with the actual trial on a Saturday. This is dependent on the schedules of everyone involved. We can break the trial up into chunks if it looks like it will take a long time to conduct. Open to suggestions