Once both sides have given their opening statements, the plaintiff can start bringing forward witnesses, examining them, and trying to get pieces of evidence entered so the judge and jury can consider them. This is called starting the plaintiff’s case, or stating the case. The attorney should have a plan for which witnesses get called in what order, and what questions to ask. The attorney also should know what sorts of physical, documentary, and demonstrative evidence she plans on using, and have them ready for use without too much fumbling.
The plaintiff begins by “calling” the first witness. Calling a witness means that the witness’s name is called out by the attorney or the bailiff so that the witness ...