You have been wronged in some way, shape, or form and now it is time to get justice. Before you jump into the trial, you should learn some more about a plaintiff by answering the following questions with your group:

1) What role does the plaintiff serve in the courtroom? Why is the plaintiff often listed as the State of … and not an actual person? What is a prosecutor?
2) Why do some cases in a trial court go to civil court after the trial is complete? Why does the name of the plaintiff often change in that situation? Are there any options available if your trial does not go as planned?
3) What does it mean to sue somebody? Is this similar or different to trial cases? How about civil cases?
4) In the courtroom, who are you trying to convince of the defendant’s guilt? The jury or the judge? Why?
5) What is justice in the courtroom in the eyes of the Plaintiff or their lawyer? Is it the same as the Defendant? Judge? Jury? Why?
6) Each member of the group write a 1 page summary of a notable trial where the plaintiff won. What did they do to be successful?

Now you are ready to dive into the case. Choose one member of the group to be the plaintiff and a couple of others to serve as the lawyers. You will need to review the case as a group to identify the best course of action in the courtroom to get the defendant to do their time. At the end of the trial, your group will need to write an outline of your argument as well as a summary of why you think you may have won or lost the trial.

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