Opening Statements, Burdens of Proof Self-Quiz










During his opening statement, George, attorney for the defendant, begins arguing that the law does not support the plaintiff’s argument, that the plaintiff’s attorney will attempt to introduce inadmissible evidence, and that the plaintiff has no case. In a rare move, the plaintiff’s attorney objects to the opening statement on the ground that it is improper. In response, the Judge chastises the defendant’s attorney and states that the purpose of an opening statement is to:
Choice 1 argue your case before the judge or jury.
Choice 2 “fill in” the blanks of the events leading to the lawsuit and speculate about facts.
Choice 3 truthfully present the available facts to the judge or jury in a persuasive manner.
Choice 4 make conclusions regarding the guilt of the defendant.
The burden of proof is placed:
Choice 1 on the plaintiff in every case.
Choice 2 traditionally on the plaintiff, but may shift to the defendant depending on the particular law in question.
Choice 3 on the defendant, but may shift to the plaintiff depending on the particular law in question.
Choice 4 is determined by the presiding judge.

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