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How to Write Opening Statements and Closing Arguments in Mock Trial

When mock trial students have difficulty writing an opening statement it is usually because they're not sure where to start. It is helpful to understand a bit about the purpose of an opening.undefined An opening statement is an opportunity to outline the case for the jury, and to let the jury know what to expect. It is not an opportunity to argue your case.

It is important to keep in mind that the people on the jury know little about a case prior to opening statements. This is by design. Judges have to pick jurors that don't know anything about a case – that way the jurors can be impartial. So an opening is just about letting the jury know what the case is about, and to advise them what testimony they may hear and what the expected evidence is. An opening provide a road map or an overview to help the jurors follow along and to provide context to what they are going to see and hear. You should also use this opportunity to introduce the theme or themes of your case. Here are several examples showing how an opening statement can be formulated. Remember that every court case is different. Also there is nothing in the law that requires a particular format.

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