Summation should be a carefully planned, well organized argument that, if delivered properly, leaves the jury no alternative but to vote in favor of your client. It is not something to be written at the end of the trial. Instead, planning for summation should begin at the time you first meet your client and continue until the judge says, "Counsel, you may sum up."
While every trial has its strengths and weaknesses, there are time-tested techniques that will unquestionably enhance the effectiveness of final argument. Promoting the strengths of your cause and dealing with weaknesses in the case are essential for a successful outcome. But before addressing any strengths and weaknesses in the case, counsel must be sure to lay a sufficient foundation of factual support, which, if delivered properly, will serve to maximize the effectiveness of final argument.
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