OPENING STATEMENT AND CLOSING ARGUMENT

THE OPENING STATEMENT, AS WELL AS THE CLOSING ARGUMENT, PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE TRIAL OF ANY LEGAL ACTION. THE JUDGE, THE LAWYERS, THE WITNESSES, THE LOCALE OF THE TRIAL, THE LENGTH OF THE TRIAL, THE THINKING OF THE TIMES, THE SEASON OF THE YEAR AND THE LATENESS OF THE EVENING CAN HAVE THEIR AFFECT UPON THE THINKING OF THE JURY. THE DEPORTMENT, VOICE, DRESS, ATTITUDE AND MANNERISMS OF COUNSEL ARE DISCUSSED. RECAPPING THOUGHTS PRESENTED ON THE OPENING STATEMENT, IT IS POINTED OUT THAT: (1) IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE TRIAL OF THE CASE, (2) IT PLAYS A VITAL PART IN SIMPLIFYING THE ISSUES YOU INTEND TO PRESENT, (3) IT OFFERS A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO GET OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT, AND (4) IT IS A FAVORABLE TIME TO OBSERVE THEIR REACTION TO YOUR OPENING STATEMENT AND THAT OF THE DEFENDANT.

  • Authors:
    • Lindas, L I
  • Publication Date: 1965-11

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  • Accession Number: 00238415
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: pp 74-77
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1994 12:00AM