Ch 5: Legal Procedures Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Legal Procedures chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach a range of legal issues such as lawsuit origination, jury selection and appeals in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Legal Procedures chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Beginning a lawsuit and requirements Prosecution, defense, discovery, deposition, jury and bench trials, injury in fact and moot
Tuesday Pretrial pleadings and ensuing motions Legal relief, process servers, default judgment, motion to dismiss and demurrer
Wednesday Juries and verdict delivery Jurors, challenge for cause, evidence, appropriate application of the law, special verdicts and other verdict types
Thursday Civil appeals and multiple dispute resolutions Appellant, writ of certiorari, Sweatt v. Painter, mediation, dispute resolutions and arbitration
Friday Criminal trial requirements Arraignment, habeas corpus, sufficient representation, plea bargain, false imprisonment and due process

11 Lessons in Chapter 5: Legal Procedures Lesson Plans
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Starting a Lawsuit: Parties & Beginning Process

1. Starting a Lawsuit: Parties & Beginning Process

There are two parties to a lawsuit: the plaintiff, who initiates the lawsuit, and the defendant, who defends against the allegations waged against him. A lawsuit is a process that involves several steps beginning with the filing of a complaint and ending with a judge's or jury's decision.

Threshold Requirements: Standing, Case or Controversy & Ripeness

2. Threshold Requirements: Standing, Case or Controversy & Ripeness

Threshold requirements are conditions that a plaintiff must meet in order to take another person or entity to court. There are threshold requirements for standing, case and controversy and ripeness. With all three, the court will require answers to specific questions to determine whether legal action can be taken against a party.

Pretrial Pleadings & Service of Process in Civil Litigation

3. Pretrial Pleadings & Service of Process in Civil Litigation

Before a trial begins, there are several pleadings a plaintiff and defendant must file with the court to set a lawsuit into motion and this is known as the pretrial stage of a trial. Some common pleadings include a complaint, summons, motion to dismiss and motion for judgment.

Defendant's Response & Motions in Civil Litigation

4. Defendant's Response & Motions in Civil Litigation

Once a plaintiff initiates a civil lawsuit, the defendant must respond within a certain period of time depending on the particular state's requirements. The defendant responds by answering the complaint or filing a motion with the court.

Jury Trial and Selection in Civil Litigation

5. Jury Trial and Selection in Civil Litigation

When a civil action leads to a trial, a jury is selected. The selection process general involves the parties or attorneys for the parties to question potential jurors from a pool of jury candidates. Once a jury is selected, the jury trial moves through various steps ending in a final decision.

Delivering a Verdict in Civil Litigation

6. Delivering a Verdict in Civil Litigation

In any court case, the end result is a verdict. However, there are several roads that lead to the verdict, including motion to dismiss, directed verdict, special verdict and judgment notwithstanding the verdict.

Civil Appeals Process: Parties, Briefs & Oral Arguments

7. Civil Appeals Process: Parties, Briefs & Oral Arguments

The civil appeals process allows for a losing party to a lawsuit to request a higher court to review the decision to determine whether legal errors were made during the original trial.

Alternative Forms of Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration

8. Alternative Forms of Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration

In the eyes of the law, there are several ways a dispute can be settled. Some disputes can simply be negotiated to a win-win outcome. Others may require a third party to assist in coming up with solutions to remedy a situation.

Constitutional Requirements of a Criminal Trial

9. Constitutional Requirements of a Criminal Trial

In criminal court, a defendant will rely heavily on his constitutional rights to a fair trial. These rights, specifically the Fifth and Sixth Amendment Rights provide the requirements for a criminal trial. Some rights include right to a speedy trial, right to counsel and a right to an impartial jury. There are several other equally important rights that this important amendment protects.

Writ of Habeas Corpus & Reasonable Doubt in a Criminal Trial

10. Writ of Habeas Corpus & Reasonable Doubt in a Criminal Trial

In a last ditch effort to be free, a person in custody, after exhausting all appeals and motions, may file a writ of habeas corpus requesting further investigation of his constitutional rights in an attempt to be set free.

Jury Trial: Process & Definition

11. Jury Trial: Process & Definition

Here, we will define a jury trial, consider the process of selecting jurors, and learn about the jury's responsibility in court. This lesson is useful to understand the American legal system for both criminal and civil cases.

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