The Law: It’s Not Like in the Movies!


The Law: It’s Not Like in the Movies!

Duration: 60 min.
Suggested level: Secondary Cycle Two
Subject: Culture and Citizenship in Québec, Law, 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.

Educational objectives

  • To increase students’ knowledge of the Canadian legal system
  • To clear up certain misconceptions about the Canadian legal system
  • To learn more about different legal careers

Subjects and subject-specific competencies

Culture and Citizenship in Québec

Secondary IV

Cultural realities and compulsory main concepts: Justice and the law - Justice and Legal and judicial institutions.

Compulsory specific concepts, and related topics and examples: Principes of justice, Types of justice, Courts and legal recourse, Criminal and civil law, Process of a court case.

  • Competency 1: Studies cultural realities:
    • Establishes the scope of the object of study:
      • Draws up preliminary questions and responses.
      • Calls on relevant concepts.
      • Collects information.

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

Cross-curicular competencies

  • 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

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Requires 30 minutes preparation by students.