Trial By Jury Team Building

A clipping from a newspaper as evidence in a Trial By Jury event.


Trial By Jury is an event which takes place over dinner. Each table acts as both a prosecutor and jury member at the end of the case. A snooker player has been murdered, his rival is the defendant and his wife, mistress and a pub landlord appear as witnesses.

A Judge oversees this court room simulation event and guides the process, keeping the court room in order. Witnesses take the stand between courses of the meal and are cross examined by a representative from each table, often fulfilling the fantasy of acting as a barrister. At the end of the evening each table delivers a guilty or not guilty verdict and the defendant is judged on the balance.

How does it usually end? That would be telling, however we are always impressed by the questions asked and how seriously the jurors take their responsibility. But more than anything, it’s great fun!


  1. camountain · January 20, 2012 Reply

    This is a really good concept!

  2. Jason Flaugh · January 20, 2012 Reply

    Do you use former/current official judges/lawyers?

    • James Coakes · January 20, 2012 Reply

      We use actors. Actually I played the judge yesterday in Holborn Bars in London. It’s quite intense, particularly when the audience ask for guidance. If I could find someone with legal experience that might be interesting.

  3. michellegilstrap · January 20, 2012 Reply

    Sounds like something I would enjoy doing.

  4. Mott · January 20, 2012 Reply

    Mock Cases and Court Related Issues are very interesting.

  5. jackiebarrie · January 23, 2012 Reply

    Did Redman speak with a French accent? If yes, he’d thank his wife for standing by him ‘through sick and sin’.

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