When both the plaintiff and the defendant have rested their cases, they summarize their side of the story by giving closing statements. These parallel the opening statements, but because the evidence has already been given, it’s an opportunity to emphasize the positive and explain away the negative. It’s the last opportunity each side has to influence the judge or jury to see the evidence their way. As usual, the plaintiff goes first. Once both sides have given their closing statements, the active part of the trial is over, and the final decision-making process begins.
The Least You Need to Know
• Whatever you do, be respectful of the court and the system.
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