The Law: It’s Not Like in the Movies!
Duration: 60 min.
Suggested level: Secondary 1
Subject: Anglais, langue seconde, Law, Ethics and Religious Culture, English Language Arts
By staging a mock criminal trial, students discover the roles of various players in the Quebec justice system, the different steps in a trial and basic criminal law concepts.
- Increase students’ knowledge of the Canadian legal system
- Clear up certain misconceptions about the Canadian legal system
- Learn more about different legal careers
Broad areas of learning
- Citizenship and Community Life:
- Promotion of the rules of social conduct and democratic institutions.
- Adoption of a culture of peace
- Career Planning and Entrepreneurship:
- Familiarity with the world of work, social roles and occupations and trades
- Using information:
- Gathering information and putting it to use
- Solving problems:
- Analyzing the components of a problem
- Testing possible solutions
- Exercising critical judgment:
- Forming his/her opinion and comparing it to other opinions
- Communicating appropriately:
- Managing his/her communication process
- Using the appropriate mode of communication
- Éducaloi’s short video on the differences between civil and criminal trials
- Éducaloi’s youth article explaining the Canadian and Quebec legal systems, written in language young people can understand
- Éducaloi’s youth article explaining how to behave in court, written in language young people can understand
- A section on Éducaloi’s main website about justice and the courts
- Éducaloi’s ready-to-use teaching guide Criminal Trials: Actors and Steps, which explains the roles of the key players in a criminal trial, and the different steps of the process.
External pedagogical ressources
- Part of an episode from the series Le droit de savoir on criminal law (French only)
- Part of an episode from the series Le droit de savoir on evidence in a criminal trial (French only)
Requires 30 minutes preparation by students.