closing argument
closing argument n: the final address to the jury by the attorney for each side of a case in which the attorney usu. summarizes the evidence and his or her client's position – called also closing statement, final argument, summation, summing-up;
◇ Rule 29.1 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure requires the prosecution to open the closing argument after the closing of the evidence. The defense replies, and the prosecution may offer a rebuttal.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

closing argument
n.
An attorney’s final arguments to the judge and jury at the conclusion of his or her case, summing up the facts supporting the case and explaining why the opposing side’s case is inadequate.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


closing argument
A speech made at trial after all the evidence has been presented by each party. The closing argument reviews and summarizes the evidence, and forcefully explains why the verdict should be granted in favor of the arguing party. In trials before a judge (without a jury), it is common for both parties to waive closing argument on the theory that the judge has almost surely already arrived at a decision.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


closing argument
The final factual and legal argument made by each attorney on all sides of a case in a trial prior to a verdict or judgment.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


closing argument
I
The final factual and legal argument made by each attorney on all sides of a case in a trial prior to a verdict or judgment.
II The closing statement, by counsel, to the trier of facts after all parties have concluded their presentation of evidence.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

closing argument
n.
   the final argument by an attorney on behalf of his/her client after all evidence has been produced for both sides. The lawyer for the plaintiff or prosecution (in a criminal case) makes the first closing argument, followed by counsel for the defendant, and then the plaintiff's attorney can respond to the defense argument. Unlike the "opening statement," which is limited to what is going to be proved, the "closing argument" may include opinions on the law, comment on the opposing party's evidence, and usually requests a judgment or verdict (jury's decision) favorable to the client.
   See also: opening statement, trial

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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