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Opening statements and closing arguments

On Behalf of | Aug 30, 2019 | Civil Litigation |

Even if you take the necessary steps in appropriately preparing for trial, you’re sure to run into some challenges along the way. Fortunately, if you’re working closely with an experienced legal team in San Francisco, you’ll always have someone on your side that can show you the way.

While there are many aspects of a jury trial, opening statements and closing arguments are among the most important.

Opening statements

This is your attorney’s first opportunity to address the court, and more particularly, the jury. The same holds true for the attorney representing the other party.

For example, if you’re the plaintiff, it’s the responsibility of your legal team to demonstrate the defendant’s legal liability.

Conversely, the defendant’s attorney will present an opening statement interpreting their version of the events and facts.

Closing arguments

In many regards, the closing argument is the same as the opening statement. This gives your legal team an opportunity to summarize everything they presented during the trial, such as recapping evidence and shooting down claims from the other party.

Since it’s the final opportunity to address the jury before they make a decision, the closing argument is extremely important. A strong closing statement can be the difference between success and failure.

When it comes to opening statements and closing arguments, you can work closely with your attorney to ensure that they’re taking the right approach. Of course, it’s best to let your legal team take control, as they know how to present both statements in the best light possible.

Once the closing arguments are out of the way, it’s time for the jury to move into the deliberation phase. This is when they attempt to agree on whether the defendant is liable. They’ll also tackle matters regarding what type of compensation is appropriate.

If you’ve tried alternative dispute resolutions and nothing has worked, it won’t be long before your case moves to the courtroom. It’s critical to prepare for the entire process, while also understanding the approach your attorney will take.

By protecting your legal rights from start to finish, you’re in the best position of obtaining the desired outcome.

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