On the field trip to the Dallas courthouse on June 15, Mock Trial students learned more about a real trial. The Honorable Judge Greenberg explained how a trial begins and what goes on during a court case. Students learned which cases went to what court and what is needed for each case. For example family cases usually do not have a jury while criminal cases have 12 jurors.
When some cases go out of hand the bailiff, a police officer stationed at court whose job is to protect the judge, only needs to stand up to signal them to stop. The judge explained the Miranda warnings, warnings said by a police officer to someone who is being arrested, and where everyone in the court goes. Though it took a long time, all the students learned more about the court and trial to help them with their own Mock Trial in a few days.
Written by: Angel, Reporter