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Opening Statement

Definition - What does Opening Statement mean?

Opening statement refers to the remarks that each attorney makes at the beginning of a trial. In an opening statement, it is common for an attorney to lay out their argument and give a brief overview of it. This helps the judge and jury to understand what the main points of the defense or prosecution are.

Justipedia explains Opening Statement

Even though opening statements give a brief overview of the main points that will be discussed by each counsel in a suit, the facts still have to be presented after the opening statement is made. However, it is easier for the judge and jury to understand why certain evidence will be presented during the trial after they hear the opening statement. Skilled lawyers are experts at using opening statements to set up the argument that they will make within the trial.

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