Donoghue v Stevenson

The Paisley Snail MiniTrial

Chapter 2 – The Student Handout

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MiniTrial Procedure

To run your MiniTrial: –

Participants

ROLES – for MiniTrialDate:Understudy or Assistant if required
1. The Judge  
2. Pursuer’s lawyer(s)Senior Counsel (QC) 
Junior Counsel
Solicitor
3. Defender’s lawyer(s)Senior Counsel (QC) 
Junior Counsel
Solicitor
4. Clerk of Court  
5. Macer  
6. The Jury 123
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7. Witnesses for Pursuer1. The Pursuer 
2.
8. Witnesses for Defender1. The Defender 
2.
9. Public / Reporters  


TIMETABLE for 70 minute Trial : StageStarting timeTime allowed
1. Introduction and preliminary matters 10 minutes
2. Opening Speech by Pursuer’s Junior Counsel 3 minutes
3. Examination-in-chief of 1st witness for pursuer 4 minutes
4. Cross-examination 2 minutes
5. Examination-in-chief of 2nd witness for pursuer 4 minutes
6. Cross-examination 2 minutes
7. Junior Counsel for Pursuer reads Joint Minute etc 2 minutes
8. Opening Speech by Defender’s Junior Counsel 2 minutes
9. Examination-in-chief of 1st defence witness 3 minutes
10. Cross-examination2 minutes
11. Examination-in-chief of 2nd defence witness 3 minutes
12. Cross-examination 2 minutes
13. Jury speech by pursuer’s counsel 6 minutes
14. Jury speech by defence 6 minutes
15. Judge’s charge 6 minutes
16. Jury retire and consider verdict 5 minutes
17. Jury announce verdict 3 minutes
18. Discussion 5 minutes

Court Layout

(Chambers / Judge’s room)

JUDGE
(sits on the Bench – a separate table perhaps)

------------------------------ The Bench ------------------------------

CLERK OF COURT
(sits in the well of the court at the head of the central table)

O  WITNESS (stands in the Witness Box – a separate seat) JURORS  OOO
(sit in the  OOO
Jury Box –  OOO
rows of seats)  OOO
O  MACER (sits near the witness box)

------------------------------- The Bar -------------------------------

(DEFENDER’S LAWYERS)     /     (PURSUER’S LAWYERS)

(Sit in rows at the bar of the court – a line of tables perhaps)

Row 1 Junior Counsel + QC   /   QC + Junior Counsel

Row 2 Solicitor + Client   /   Client + Solicitor

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC & REPORTERS
(sit in the public gallery – room)

WITNESSES – WAITING TO BE CALLED
(wait in the witness rooms / room)

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