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Creating opening statements is one of the common problems we see as trial lawyers. Opening statements are the first look that the jurors have at the case. Naturally, you would talk to them about principles, circumstances, and maybe some rules in jury selection. But a lot of times, once we get to the opening statement, it can get long and drawn out.

In this episode, I will talk about some questions you can ask yourself as you’re fine-tuning your opening statement to ensure you get your message across to the jurors without leaving them confused and frustrated. 

In this episode, you will hear:

  • The “mousetrap” opening statement
  • Understanding the depth of information, knowledge, or experience of the jurors with the facts and circumstances of the case
  • Checking how many times you’re repeating things
  • The importance of identifying your strongest points

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Supporting Resources:

For a more detailed analysis of the Mouse Trap opening Statement check out this blog. 

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