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How to Write an Opening Statement

Medha Godbole May 13, 2019
An opening statement in a trial is the beginning of the arguments in favor of the person the lawyer is representing in the court. Read the following Penlighten post to know more.
Well begun is half done, might be a gigantic cliche, but when you come to think of it, it actually makes a lot of sense. It applies to anything we do - from the way we get up in the morning and the way we start our day to any work or project or assignment we undertake.
Obviously then, it also holds true for anything we write. Be it a debate, a court trial or the like, your opening statement is the most vital aspect of your presentation. That sets the course of events to follow.

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To begin with, the objective has to be to tell the jurors the core aspect of the court case in the first minute. The opening statement, therefore has to be written keeping that in mind. The theme has to be clearly described.

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While the facts of the case have to be written in a clear manner, personalizing them is equally important, as jurors connect better with sentiments and emotions than the incidences.

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Writing in a persuasive is a must, but at the same time, it should not be pushy and should not hammer the conclusion of the case. The reason is that there is no use in doing that as the decision would not be taken before the testimonies from both sides. This applies for a mock trial as well.
Writing the statement in a way that the jury clearly understands, where the lawyer stands and the lawyer's version of the case, will go a long way in influencing the jurors. Incorporating all the details and law on a larger canvas so that the jury relates to it is also essential. The written statement should also reflect enthusiasm. Here is one such example.
Ms. Fremantle purchased an insurance policy from Smith and Hogan Insurance Company trusting that if she paid her premiums, they would pay her claims. For five years, she paid her premiums. However, when the time came to honor their commitment, they walked away. We're asking that at the end of the day, you make Smith and Hogan honor their commitment.
A bit of research will help you find a number of samples and will equip you with nuances that are need in such a statement.