Trudie Longren reports:
"An opening argument is the first time that the judge and jury will hear your side of the story in a criminal or civil case. The argument is delivered by the attorney of record in the trial. In mock trials, simulated trials held by mock trial teams, the opening argument is an opportunity to introduce the members of the team and to give an overview of your case before the judge and jury. Mock trial opening arguments, unlike opening statements in real trials, usually are subject to time limitations. Prepare an opening argument just as you would any important public speech...Introduce yourself and the members of your team. Address the judge and jury using appropriate courtroom language...Tell the nature of the case. Write a brief sentence or two regarding the reason for the trial...Introduce the argument by outlining the most relevant points of your case. Try to limit your case to three or four points...Give details as [you] argue your points. The details should include the witnesses (expert and lay witnesses) that you will call to the stand and what they will say, as well as the type of evidence that you will offer...End your argument by thanking the members of the jury and the judge. Restate your main points in a short sentence or two; then thank everyone for their attention."
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