This teachers' resource contains topic-by-topic lesson plans to help the teacher guide the students through the Irish legal system. Additional downloadable teaching aids supplement each lesson.

Under each of the ten topic headings below, the teacher will find lesson plans, posters and other content to enable them to deliver the module without requiring specific knowledge of the law. Click one of the links below to be taken directly to that module or scroll down.

Who's Who In The Courtroom? Examining a Witness - What Can You Ask?
A Mock Trial In Action Preparing For A Trial
What Is The Law? How Do You Run A Trial?
Where Do Laws Come From? The Mock Trial In Action
Understanding The Courts System Other Action Projects

Who's Who In The Courtroom?

Lesson Plan - Who's Who in the Courtroom 
Who's Who in the Criminal Court 
Who's Who in the Criminal Court Exercise 

A Mock Trial In Action

Lesson Plan - A Mock Trial in Action
Student Handout - Key Questions
Student Handout - Running Order of the Trial
Teacher's Note - Expanation of Legal Terms
Teacher's Note - Important Note in Respect of the Mock Trial

What is The Law?

Lesson Plan - What is the Law 
Student Handout - Your definition of the Law 
Teacher's Note - Definition of the Law 

Where Do Laws Come From?

Lesson Plan - Where do Laws Come From?
Teacher's Note - Origin of Laws
Teacher's Note - Separation of Powers
Separation of Powers Poster
Making Statute Law Poster

Understanding The Courts System

Lesson Plan - Understanding the Courts System
Structure of the Courts Poster
Student Handout - Structure of the Courts (simplified)
Teacher's Note - Criminal or Civil
Teacher's Note - Roleplay Exercises
Student Handout Quiz Criminal or Civil
Student Handout - Roleplay Exercises

Examining A Witness - What Can You Ask?

Lesson Plan - Examining a Witness
Role Play Illustration
Student Handout - Examination in Chief Role Play
Teacher's Note - Cross-Examination Role Play
Teacher's Note - Examination in Chief Role Play

Preparing for a Trial

Lesson Plan - Preparing for a Trial
Teacher’s Notes - List of Roles in the Trial
The Legal Case
The Indictment
Statements of Prosecution Witnesses
Statements of Defence Witnesses

How Do You Run A Trial?

Lesson Plan - How Do You Run A Trial 
Running Order Of The Trial 

A Mock Trial In Action

Lesson Plan - A Mock Trial in Action
Student Handout - Key Questions
Student Handout - Running Order of the Trial
Teacher's Note - Expanation of Legal Terms
Teacher's Note - Important Note in Respect of the Mock Trial

Other Action Projects

Other Action Projects

Who's Who In The Courtroom?

Who's Who In The Courtroom?

To enable the students understand the roles of the various people involved in a court case.

Link to resources

A Mock Trial In Action

A Mock Trial In Action

Resources to provide students with a full understanding of the mock trial and what will be expected of them.

What Is The Law?

What Is The Law?

The aim of this module is to facilitate the students in developing their own understanding of what the law is.

Link to resource

Where Do Laws Come From?

Where Do Laws Come From?

To enable the students understand the source of our laws.

Where Do Laws Come From?

Understanding The Courts System

Understanding The Courts System

To enable the students understand the Irish courts system.

Understanding the courts system

Examining a Witness

Examining a Witness

This resource aims to provide students with information about how to examine a witness in a trial.

Preparing For A Trial

Preparing For A Trial

To prepare the students to take part in the mock trial.

Preparing For A Trial

How Do You Run A Trial?

How Do You Run A Trial?

This resources offers the students an insight into the order of events at a trial.

Link to how do you run a trial

The Mock Trial

The Mock Trial

To run a successful and educational mock trial.

The Mock Trial

Other Action Projects

Other Action Projects

To facilitate other law-related actions projects.

Other action projects