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Closing Arguments

Closing Arguments ( adjective ) – A party’s final summary of the evidence and the law. Closing argument, or closing statement, is the last argument of counsel regarding the meaning of the evidence and the application of the law, as that counsel’s side would seek the finder of fact to understand it. The closing argument is a party’s last opportunity to persuade the trier of fact. A party may waive closing argument, and though this waiver is rare, a plaintiff or prosecutor who waives closing argument may also waive it for the defendant. Closing arguments before a jury are particularly limited.

Also see Case in Chief.

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