opening statement. At the outset of a trial, an advocate’s statement giving the fact-finder a preview of the case and of the evidence to be presented. ? Although the opening statement is not supposed to be argumentative, lawyers ¡ª purposefully or not ¡ª often include some form of argument. The term is thus sometimes referred to as opening argument. [Cases: Criminal Law 702.1; Federal Civil Procedure 1971; Trial 109. C.J.S. Trial ¡ì¡ì 263¨C275, 316.]
What is the preferred translation of the term OPENING STATEMENT by Chinese lawyers?
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