How to Write Opening and Closing Statements for Mock Trial
When students have a hard time writing a mock trial opening statement it is usually because they don’t know where to start. It is helpful to know a little bit about what an opening statement is.scl mock pic 4 An opening statement is an opportunity to outline the case for the jury, and to let the jury know what to expect. It is not an opportunity to argue your case.
It is important to remember that jurors know very little about a case before it begins. In fact, lawyers and judges make sure that jurors know nothing about a case before it begins – that way the jurors can be fair and impartial. So an opening statement is an opportunity to let the jurors know what the case is about, and to let them know what evidence they should expect. It should provide an outline or a road map to help them follow along. The opening statement is also an opportunity to introduce the themes of the case. Here are outlines on how you can properly formulate an opening statement. Keep in mind that every case is different, and you are not bound by any particular format.