(law) In adversarial legal systems, a statement made by a party at the beginning of a trial or comparable factfinding proceeding, in which that party lays out their case, generally including the points of fact that they intend to demonstrate and to some degree indicating the rhetorical arguments for why they should prevail.
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.
Opening-statement Sentence Examples
But before he could continue, Fred had launched into his opening statement.
His opening statement dealt with Britain's response to the crisis in south Asia following the devastating earthquake.
Your opening statement should introduce who you are, your goals as an organization, and what specifically you are asking for.