opening statement of counsel

Outline or summary of nature of case and of anticipated proof presented by attorney to jury at start of trial, before any evidence is submitted. Speer v. Shipley, 149 Kan. 15, 85 P.2d 999, 1001.
Its purpose is to advise the jury of facts relied upon and of issues involved, and to give jury a general picture of the facts and the situations so that jury will be able to understand the evidence. State v. Erwin, 101 Utah 365, 120 P.2d 285, 313.
Opening statement in criminal case is outline of facts which prosecution in good faith expects to prove. People v. Roberts, 100 Ill.App.3d 469, 55 Ill.Dec. 779, 426 N.E.2d 1104, 1109

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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