When it comes time for closing arguments, the jurors will have spent the course of the trial forming impressions and opinions about the evidence and your story. It is important that you remain consistent with your story; for your closing argument is a culmination of what has transpired. Hopefully, your story will have created an outline for which the jury can use to connect-the-dots, with the last dot being a favorable verdict.
Fundamentals in developing your closing argument:
Be honest, sincere, and have unwavering belief in yourself, your client, and your cause.
Start with your strongest point
Share your opinion when giving a synopsis of the case
Get into a persuasive flow
Prepare for opposing counsel’s summation
Be confident, direct, and persuasive
Give jurors guidance
Depending on your jury, you can use various techniques to make points in your closing arguments:
Stories, fairy tales, and fables
Climax v. anticlimax
Common sense maxims
In every closing statement, remember:
Everyone likes to be taught
Use word pictures
Show respect and appreciation to the jury
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