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What Is The Purpose Of Closing Argument In A Criminal Jury Trial?


Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments.

A closing argument is a time to summarize each side’s case for the jury. The judge will state to the jury before closing arguments, “The attorneys will now present their final arguments. Please remember that what the attorney say is not evidence or your instruction on the law. However, do listen closely to their arguments. They are attempting to aid you in understanding the case.” In Florida, each side will have equal time, but the state is entitled to divide this time between an opening argument, a closing argument, and a rebuttal argument after the defendant has spoken. Basically, the state always gets two closing arguments, and the defense only gets one.

Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments.

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