To write an opening statement, establish clear goals for yourself. Create an outline that gives the jury a summary of the facts of the case, then elaborate sequentially by dividing into a head, body and conclusion.
- Set goals
Having clear goals determines what approach you take to gain the jury's attention. These goals must be in line with the overall theme of the case and its severity.
- Write the introduction
Present the theme of the case in the introduction using a narrative style. Use simple words and focus your statement on your client's side of the story. Stick to plain facts and refrain from unnecessary detail.
- Elaborate on the details
When writing the body of the statement, use anecdotes and analogies as well as specific, significant details to express the emotions you want the audience to feel. Use persuasive, vivid words with adequate imagery to ensure that your audience can clearly picture the events in their mind. Refrain from personal comments and arguments; these are given later in the trial.
- End on a high note
Go through the case in clear, concise language to present the jury with a summary of events in the incident. Express confidence in your case and in the jury.