opening statement

  • Before calling witnesses, each party or the party's lawyer may present an opening statement to tell the jury what the case is about and what evidence each expects to offer to prove or disprove the claims made. Some judges allow lawyers to make "mini-opening statements" before jury selection to help potential jurors understand a little about the case and the questions the lawyers may ask during jury selection.

    Oregon Judicial Department 1

1Oregon Judicial Department, Juror Information: Glossary of Terms, http://­www.ojd.state.or.us/­jurorinfo/­glossary.htm (last accessed May 27, 2009).