Opening Statement – each attorney previews of the case, the evidence to be presented, and the issue(s) at hand

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opening statement:
(1848)

1. At the outset of a trial, an advocate’s statement giving the fact-finder a preview of the case and of the evidence to be presented.  *  Although the opening statement is not supposed to b argumentative, lawyers, — purposefully or not — often include some form of argument.  The term is thus sometimes referred to as opening argument. aka opening address. [1]

1. A statement to the jury, or to the court in a trial without a jury, outlining the facts intended to be proved.  State v Sibert, 113 W Va 717, 169 SE 410.

A prefatory statement made in advance of the introduction of evidence, setting forth the nature of the controversy and its salient peculiarities, intended to indicate to court and jury the issues of fact involved.  53 Am J1st Trial § 454. [2]

1. A statement made by the attorney for each party at the beginning of a trial, outlining to the judge and jury the issues in the case and the facts that each side intends to prove. [3]

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

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