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Closing Statements

After all of the testimony and cross examination, each side gets to make a final statement.

The prosecution goes first. Listen carefully to what they say. You may want to take notes of any weak points in their statement, or points you disagree with.

When the prosecution finishes, you get the last word. This is where you get to:

  • refute anything in the prosecution's closing statement.
  • point out any weaknesses in their case.
  • reinforce the points of your case.

As in your testimony, remember to stay on point.

When you conclude, the judge will render the verdict (and if necessary pronounce sentence).

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