ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS MOCK TRIALS (ESMT)
The Elementary School Mock Trials (ESMT) is a free program offered by the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). This program can accommodate students from Grades 5 – 8 and is presented on two separate days with a time commitment of about 60 minutes on Day 1 and 90 minutes on Day 2. Individual lawyers or teams of lawyers, who are Ontario Bar Association members, volunteer to present this program to an elementary school of their choosing or will be matched with a school in their area, as they become available. All program materials are provided to lawyers and teachers.
Prior to Day 1, the teacher assigns roles to the students which can include jury, witnesses, lawyers, sketch artists, etc.. On Day 1, the lawyer(s)-volunteer attends the classroom and provides students with an overview of the Canadian Criminal Justice System, introduce the fact scenario for the mock trial, and ‘walk through’ the various roles and duties of participants in a Court (jurors, witnesses and lawyers, both Prosecution (Crown) and Defence). Day 1 will prepare the class for the mock trial which takes place on Day 2.
After Day 1, the lawyers re-attend the classroom to preside over the trial. Ideally, the mock trial will occur during Law Week from April 15-19, 2019. In classes where there are two (or more) lawyer-volunteers, one can preside as judge while the other lawyer acts an "advisor" in the event the various participants need some gentle direction during the mock trial, including assistance with jury deliberations.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Lawyers who wish to volunteer in the elementary program can click here to register.
Elementary school teachers who wish to participate can click here to register their classes. Please note that we will make every effort to find a lawyer-volunteer for your class, but sometimes, this is not always possible.
The registration deadline for lawyers and teachers is February 2019.