Do Jurors Pay Attention to What Lawyers Say?

, The Legal Intelligencer


Most trial lawyers would consider their opening statement and closing argument two of the most important parts of a trial. The opening offers the lawyer his or her first chance to set out a case for the jury and lay the foundation for the story to be told throughout the trial. Thomas Mauet, in his “Fundamentals of Trial Techniques”, notes that “opening statements can and often do make the difference in the outcome of a case.” The closing argument is the lawyer’s last opportunity to reach the jury and convince it to see the facts his or her way.

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