Opening and closing statements at domestic violence hearings
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While a closing can follow the outline of the initial opening by showing how each of the facts described in the opening statement were proved, it should iterate all statutory factors that must be considered by the court and how they have been met. It can also state requested findings and punishments as well as suggestions with regard to how to proceed with regard to children and any contact with a perpetrator. A closing can also undermine the other party’s case by showing how your case stands up on fact, science and opinion. It gives the opportunity to be specific as to each of the three “Ps”: what are the actual facts—why this victim and children need protection; what is needed for future prevention; and what possible punishments are available.
Kleinman, T. & Pollack, D. (2022, February 24). Opening and closing statements at domestic violence hearings, New York Law Journal, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/358833713_Opening_and_closing_statements_at_domestic_violence_hearings .
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