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Closing Arguments


Closing arguments are the final opportunity attorneys have to persuade jurors.

Attorneys carefully go through the evidence that was presented at the trial during the closing and show jurors how it supports a verdict in favor of their client. Importantly, closing arguments are the forum for an attorney to highlight the weaknesses in the opposing party's case. The lawyer reminds the jury of evidence that damages the other side's position and points out any inconsistencies.

I am representing myself in small claims court where there is not a jury. Do I still get to make a closing argument?

Yes. The judge should allow you to briefly summarize the strengths of your case and the weaknesses of your opponent's position. However, because you are arguing before the judge, who has heard all the evidence and understands the law, you should avoid getting emotional or righteous. Those tactics are for juries, not judges.