opening statement.At the outset of a trial, an advocate’s statement giving the fact-finder a preview of the case and of the evidence to be presented. • Although the opening statement is not

supposed to be argumentative, lawyers — purposefully or not — often include some form of argument. The term is thus sometimes referred to as opening argument. [Cases: Criminal Law

702.1; Federal Civil Procedure  1971; Trial  109.C.J.S. Trial §§ 263–275, 316.]

[Blacks Law 8th]