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The Trial of Tony Martin

November 11, 2011

Although the trial of Tony Martin, the man who killed a burglar, took place over 10 years ago, it’s still a classic criminal conundrum and one that students find fascinating. We’ve just used it to teach our Citizenship GCSE students about the criminal justice system – the video below is just a short clip to give you a sense of how it works.

I have attached the resources we have made to run the case. We usually do this over two lessons; in the first you introduce the case (it helps to show clips from the film, ‘A Shot in the Dark’, which you can find on YouTube) and prepare questions and statement for the court, and in the second you run the trial. Only 8 students are actively involved in the trial, so we run the trial 3 or 4 times in a lesson, so that every student has a go. Those students who are not directly involved in the trial, take on the role of the jury, judge and ‘assessors’ (who peer assess each other).

It should be fairly self-explanatory, but drop me a line if you have any questions.

Tony Martin PP

Cover sheet for each group

Individual role cards

Writing frames for lawyers

Writing frames for witnesses

Guilty or Not Guilty

Trial Assessment

Court Order

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Stuart K. Fairclough permalink
    November 14, 2011 8:04 am

    Had a look at this first thing this morning and found it absolutely superb. I shall be definitely be making use of this in quite a few of my relevant teaching subjects. Keep ’em comimg like this please.

    Stuart K. Fairclough – Public Services lecturer – West herts College.

  2. Pete Pattisson permalink
    November 14, 2011 6:54 pm

    Thanks Stuart – hope it’s useful.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    March 26, 2012 9:46 pm

    Great! That’s my period 1 sorted for tomorrow.
    Many thanks,

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