Trial Books help parties organize cases and present them clearly and effectively.

Trial Books are divided into sections: How To Use Trial Books, Opening Statement, Evidence, Closing Argument, Questions, and Jury Selection.

The content you upload into the Trial Book is up to you. However, there are some things you should keep in mind:

• Jurors (who, after all, will be deciding your case) appreciate clearly worded, succinct writing

• Jurors do not like to be shown the same argument more than once or twice

• Being negative, condescending, arrogant, or overtly angry toward your opponent often backfires

• The use of humor and analogies is often effective

• Keep your case as concise as possible.

• You are subject to the User Agreement and the iCourthouse Rules of Procedure.

Opening Statement

The Opening Statement should contain a brief Summary of what your case is about.

You will want the Summary to highlight the important points about your case and capture the interest of jurors. Following the Summary, a Statement of Facts should factually tell the story of your side of the dispute.

Your facts can be organized chronologically, or in any other way you choose.

The next part of the Opening Statement should be a brief, very clear statement how you have been damaged or why you are entitled to the relief you request.

Evidence

The Evidence section will contain all of the evidence you are presenting to the jurors. Evidence can include contracts, invoices, photos, witness statements, transcripts, police reports, medical records, e-mail, internet postings, and any other matter that tends to prove or disprove a fact.

Closing Argument

The Closing Argument section is where you finally argue your case to the jury. Here you argue why you are right and your opponent is wrong. Here you discuss logical, legal, ethical, and common sense reasons why you should prevail.

Questions

The Questions section will contain questions from jurors that you have answered. You are not required to answer juror questions. You may decline to answer questions for any number of reasons, including strategic reasons, or the fact that many jurors are asking the same basic question and you only want to answer it once. Answering juror questions gives you a chance to clarify and strengthen parts of your case that the jurors are having trouble with, after they have reviewed your case materials and those of your opponents. Your answer to juror questions should be straight to the point, with specific references to your evidence.

 
 

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