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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Opening Statements

Just like on TV, your trial begins with opening statements. This is the part of the trial when the judge and jury are introduced to the problem that brought you to court, and how your side believes it should be solved. It’s sort of like story time, because it should make even the most complicated case sound like a straightforward story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Before the trial goes any further, both sides give their opening statements. The plaintiff goes first; if there’s more than one plaintiff, they go in the order that they’re listed in the pleadings. If there’s more than one defendant, they also go in the order that they’re listed in the pleadings.
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