ERIC Number: ED378112
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Statement of Facts for 1975 City-Wide Mock Trial Competitions. Georgia Floyd, Individually and as Parent and Next Friend of Minor, Nelson Floyd v. Fix-It Home Remodeling, Inc. and Sam Baldwin.
National Inst. for Citizen Education in the Law, Washington, DC.; Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC. Law Center.
Prepared by the District of Columbia Street Law Project for its annual city-wide mock trial competition, this instructional handout provides material for a civil trial over a claim for damages. During an argument, a friend pushed Nelson Floyd against the railing of a porch. Falling onto the concrete below, Nelson was injured with a broken shin bone, broken ribs, a concussion, cuts, bruises, and a black eye. Georgia Floyd, Nelson's grandmother, blames Fix-It Home Remodeling, the company that built the porch, and is suing them for the medical expenses, the cost of the porch, and punitive damages. Georgia Floyd claims the company employed poorly skilled carpenters and used poor quality materials. Fix-It Home Remodeling claims that it fulfilled the terms of the contract and that the accident was her grandson's fault. The handout clarifies the laws and explains the legal precedents. As evidence, the handout provides the contract; the bill; lists of the medical expenses; an advertisement from the company; and witness statements from the plaintiff, her grandson, the carpenters, a neighbor, and the company president. Through participation in mock trials and analysis of the activity, students gain an insider's perspective on courtroom procedure and a basic understanding of the legal mechanism through which society resolves its disputes. Mock trials develop critical analysis, questioning and listening skills, and skills in preparing and organizing materials. (JD)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civil Law, Court Litigation, Instructional Materials, Law Related Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies
Social Studies School Service, Dept. A3, P.O. Box 802, Culver City, CA 90232-0802.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Citizen Education in the Law, Washington, DC.; Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC. Law Center.