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1.21 Outline of Trial

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1.21 Outline of Trial

            Trials proceed in the following way: First, each side may make an opening statement. An opening statement is not evidence. It is simply an outline to help you understand what that party expects the evidence will show. A party is not required to make an opening statement.

            The plaintiff will then present evidence, and counsel for the defendant may cross-examine. Then the defendant may present evidence, and counsel for the plaintiff may cross-examine.

            After the evidence has been presented, I will instruct you on the law that applies to the case and the attorneys will make closing arguments.

            After that, you will go to the jury room to deliberate on your verdict.