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The opening statement is your first comprehensive opportunity to start to win your case. And, unlike the vast majority of the trial, the opening statement is focused on the lawyers. It is the first time the finder of fact will be able to observe your presentation, hear your overview of your case and evaluate your credibility. Simply put, it is one of the few times you will communicate directly, plainly, persuasively, and candidly with the fact finder – whether it be the judge or the jury.