ERIC Number: ED118489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Evidence before the Court.
Project Benchmark, Berkeley, CA.
These classroom materials are part of the Project Benchmark series designed to teach secondary students about our legal concepts and systems. This unit focuses on kinds of evidence and methods of proof. The materials trace the historical development of the concept of evidence in English common law and explains the various kinds of evidence. The second section provides brief definitions of such legal concepts as accusatory pleading, beyond a reasonable doubt, burden of proof, circumstantial evidence, cross-examination, direct evidence, expert witness, hearsay. judicial notice, perjury, and preponderance of evidence. Suggestions for a sample lesson using the materials are included. This lesson requires students to play the roles of accusers, defenders, and gatekeepers who must decide on the importance and validity of evidence in a sample case. (DE)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Courts, Due Process, Instructional Materials, Laws, Legal Education, Resource Materials, Role Playing, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Units of Study
Project Benchmark, 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Room 817, Berkeley, California 94704 ($1.00, single copies only)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Council on Criminal Justice, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Project Benchmark, Berkeley, CA.