ERIC Number: ED210206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
New Mexico Courts: Information and Ideas for Teaching.
Thomas, Ruth; Roberts, Susan
This handbook provides background information and classroom activities that teachers can use to help students in grades 6-8 understand the New Mexico court system. Although intended for use in New Mexico, a great deal of the information provided can be used by teachers in other states. The information and activities can be incorporated into curricular areas such as civics, U.S. history, government, and social studies. A variety of resources are included. The handbook opens with narrative explanations of New Mexico's judicial history, the court system, and civil and criminal procedure. Tips for using lawyers and law related resource people in the classroom are then presented. So that students can learn the fundamentals of trial procedure before being introduced to all the elements of attorney questioning techniques, a scripted mock trial is included. Students can read it like a play. Four cases of relevance to young children are presented in pro-se court simulations. Simplified rules of evidence are discussed. A criminal law mock trial and a family law mock trial are provided. To help students learn about plea bargaining and practice representing their own point of view, a plea bargaining simulation is presented. An appellate court role play and a simulation dealing with juvenile hall are included. The handbook concludes with a glossary of legal terms. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico Council for the Social Studies, Albuquerque.; New Mexico Law Related Education Project, Albuquerque.; New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe.
Identifiers: Mock Trials; New Mexico; Plea Bargaining
Note: For a related document, see SO 013 660. Some pages containing reprinted material may not reproduce clearly from EDRS in microfiche or paper copy due to fading ink.