opening statement - Legal Definition
Webster's New World Law Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.
Introductory remarks made by an attorney at the commencement of a trial, in which he outlines the evidence that is expected to be proven. Although sometimes referred to as an “opening argument,” this term is a misnomer, as the lawyers are not permitted to argue any points that have not yet been introduced into evidence.
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