John Winthrop Mock Trial Teams
John Winthrop Mock Trial Teams
Posted on 03/01/2018
John Winthrop Mock Trial Teams

Three John Winthrop Middle School Mock Trial teams competed in one of this year's regional competitions at Kingwood-Oxford Middle School on Tuesday, February 6th.  Student teams work during their activity period, once weekly, throughout the first two quarters in school.  Teams are composed of three lawyers and three witnesses for the Plaintiff, and three lawyers and three witnesses for the Defense.  To move on in the state competition, teams must win both their Plaintiff and Defense.  This year's Mock Trial centered on a contested will, in which a mother left half her fortune to her two children and half to her pets.  Lawyers prepare direct questions for their witness and also prepare questions to cross an opposing witness.  In addition, lawyers are responsible for crafting an opening and closing for their case.  Witnesses may not use notes while on the stand, so must memorize their affidavits in preparation for both the direct and cross-examinations.

 

Judges are all Connecticut attorneys who volunteer their time throughout the competition.  The program is run by Civics First, established in 1976, is a "private, non-profit association that promotes and conducts law-related education programs and projects in Connecticut's public and private schools, courtrooms and communities. Its goal is the incorporation of citizenship education into the curriculum of all schools, from kindergarten through high school".