closing argument

noun

Legal Definition of closing argument

: the final address to the jury by the attorney for each side of a case in which the attorney usually summarizes the evidence and his or her client's position

called also closing statement, final argument, summation, summing-up

Note: 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.

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“Closing argument.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/closing%20argument. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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