'Throw' Your Mini-Opening To Get The Best Jury Possible

By Christina Marinakis (February 12, 2018, 10:51 AM EST) -- In the hopes of piquing the interest of jurors and minimizing hardship requests, more and more judges are encouraging parties to make "mini-openings" prior to voir dire. In fact, California courts now require judges to "allow a brief opening statement by counsel for each party prior to the commencement of the oral questioning phase of the voir dire process" (CCP 222.5d).

Typically, judges restrict these mini-openings to five to seven minutes, but that is more than enough time to use them to your advantage. Even in jurisdictions that only allow the parties to read a brief statement of the case, the...

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