ERIC Number: ED378119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Statement of Facts for 1983 City-Wide Mock Trial Competitions. The Case of Vickers v. Hearst. No. MT-84.
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 case over an automobile accident. After drinking heavily at a party hosted by Sandy Hearst, Dana Ivy ran a stop sign and struck the car of Terry Vickers, causing him to sustain a broken leg; bruised ribs; and lacerations to the upper torso, neck and face. Through an out-of-court settlement, Ivy agreed to pay for the repair of Vickers' automobile and for less than half of her medical bills. For the remainder of the medical bills, for suffering, and for loss of potential earnings, Vickers is suing Hearst, whom she charges with negligence for serving alcoholic beverages. The handout clarifies the law and explains the legal precedents. As evidence, the handout provides the police report; Ivy's refusal to submit to a chemical test for alcohol; a table describing the effects of alcohol upon driving ability; and witness statements from the friend who accompanied Ivy to the party, the police officer at the scene, Hearst, Ivy, and another participant at the party. 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, Driving While Intoxicated, 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.