So you are nearing the end of your mock trial, and now it is time for you to do your closing argument. Hopefully you have given this a little thought before it is your turn to get up and speak. Unlike an opening statement, which can be written entirely in advance, the closing argument has to be written as the trial goes along. It has to be adjusted depending on what evidence is admitted by the trial court. The mock trial closing argument will depend a lot on the particular facts of your case, but I will try to make a few suggestions on how you can sketch out an outline. Remember that your closing argument is just that, an argument. You need to convince the jury of the merits of your arguments – not to consider the facts from a neutral point of view. No matter what sort of case the prosecutor is handling, the prosecutor’s position is always the same: there is no reasonable doubt. Here is how to do a closing argument. Much like an opening statement, you begin by thanking the jurors for their time. You want to remind the jury of what you said in your opening. For example: “Good afternoon ladies and and gentlemen – thank you for your time and attention to this very important matter here today. As I [or my colleague] stated this morning, the evidence against so-and-so is really overwhelming, and we would ask you to return a verdict of guilty.” Look at the mock trial materials your teacher or coach gave you and consider what the elements of the crime are. In other words, what does a prosecutor have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt? For example, in one mock trial fact pattern that has been used, the defendant was charged with aggravated assault. The jury was instructed as follows:
Post by Steve Graham.