This trial going forward, it affects the whole town. We all have to think about it all over again, how Hannah lived, and how she died. And how it changed all our lives. You hurt, worse, you feel, powerless. And I know some people don't want us to talk about what happened. But if we don't talk about it, it's never going to change. So it's important for everyone to understand how it all happened, the whole story; you know. Cause things at Liberty are as bad as they've ever been. And I don't wanna be afraid anymore. I don't wanna be afraid.
— Tyler Down on Hannah Baker and Liberty High School during his testimony in Court[src]
Andrew and Olivia Baker vs The Evergreen County School District is the trial, in the second season, that started five months after Hannah Baker committed suicide.
The Bakers try to fight for Hannah by holding the school responsible for her suicide, with Dennis Vasquez as their lawyer. On the other side, Liberty High is represented by Sonya Struhl, a smart and ambitious litigator. Also on their side, Mrs. Bradley and students all try to vouch for the school not being held responsible. And on the Bakers' side, Mr. Porter and students also try to vouch for Hannah being let down and hold the school responsible. The trial lasts a few months, with the chosen people on both sides testifying, and finally the Bakers' and the school get a decision from the jury. The second season unfolds with narratives who illustrate Hannah's story told by those who are present in court for the trial from their own perspective, giving us a new perspective on everyone.
Overall 15 Characters (excluding Sarah Carlin) were called to testify for either the Bakers' or Liberty High.
Before the Trial
Before the trial went ahead, Olivia Baker spent time fighting to know why her daughter committed suicide while she grieved. She found her first piece of evidence: the hot or not list, a list of people labelled best or worst of something, mainly something on their body. The list contained girls only made by boys and Hannah was labelled best ass against Jessica, who was labelled worst ass, this was a contribution made by Alex Standall.
Olivia met with the principal to seek answers for some questions, that he, because of a lawsuit, could not legally answer. She went into the girls' restroom and cried. She then went into one of the cubicles and noticed words and names scribbled into the walls and took photographs on her iPhone as evidence, she then brought them into a school community meeting to show to the parents and the principal. This put the school into hot water. She later also found the paper that Hannah used to write down who led her to wanting to kill herself. Tony declined to help at first, but later gave her a USB filled with all of the audio from The Tapes. Olivia layed out the names in front of her as she listened to the first tape with Andrew.
You hurt, worse, you feel, powerless. And I know some people don't want us to talk about what happened. But if we don't talk about it, it's never going to change. So it's important for everyone to understand how it all happened, the whole story; you know. Cause things at Liberty are as bad as they've ever been. And I don't wanna be afraid anymore. I don't wanna be afraid.
— Tyler about Hannah's story and Liberty High at his testimony[src]
Tyler: "People tell lies about you and other people believe them. And it gets to the point where...the lies might as well be the truth."
Dennis: "And did people tell lies about Hannah Baker?"
Tyler: "...Yes, they did. All the time... And, another girl I know [Jess]. She had something happen to her. She had to leave school for a while. While she was gone, the story got totally twisted."
― Tyler on the bullying of Students at Liberty High, Jessica's rape and the allegations that got twisted by Bryce about him sexually assaulting her[src]
When rumors spread, you can fight them or ignore them, but they never really go away. When you're the target, you do anything you can to protect yourself. Sometimes you hide. Sometimes you fight back. Anything you have to do. Because the thing is, in high school, everyone's watching you all the time. You have to be careful
— Jessica reaction to being called a rape survivor[src]
That the truth didn't matter. That's just what they do to girls at our school. I mean, I found these just this morning in my math class. They take one photo and it defines you. And then it becomes your job to prove everyone wrong. This is what they did to Hannah and now they are doing it to me.
— Jessica Davis, showing the court the pictures with "A Drunk Slut" written on them.[src]
I don't blame Hannah for anything. That's how it is for girls. People judge you by the way you look, the things they hear about you. They put a label on you. I just feel like boys get to define themselves. They get to choose their identity and they can hide behind it. Well, most boys. I think some know what it's like to be afraid. To feel like the world gave you a certain label that you have to live with for the rest of your life. Most boys don't know what it's like, but, every single girl does. So, we just start expecting them to put a label on us. And we just do it to ourselves.
My whole life, my father told me, people at school would judge me. People will assume they know who I am, just by looking at me. And that the deck is stacked against me. When you're faced with that, when you're without power, on the outside, you have tough choices.
It's easy to hide, to, give into the pain. Like Hannah did, she started to believe that she was less than. To believe that a life of privilege and position, was only for other people. But the truth is, privilege is a trap all its own.
When you feel left out, when you feel like this high school world is against you. It can be vulnerable and frightening. I wouldn't want anyone to feel that way. Which is why I signed up for Dollar Valentines, which is why I invited Hannah out.
Courtney: "Do you even like Hannah or are you just trying to get with her?"
Marcus: "Yes, I do like her. And, I made a bet with Bryce."
Courtney: "What is your deal?! I mean, some days you're this serious person with legitimate plans for this world. And the next your like this stupid guy, it's like one day you're Hillary, the next day Bill."
Marcus: "Yeah, and which one was President? Like, you do what you gotta do to get on in this world. Especially if you want to ever get something done."
Courtney: "Yeah, that doesn't mean you have to be friends with Bryce."