Rule 25.9(2)(c): Defence Statements and ‘openings’

Chambers Article

Published: 22nd August 2023

Traditionally in England and Wales the defence may give an opening address at the start of the defence case, but only where evidence is to be called other than from the accused person. In many cases this means that the issues are not identified clearly until a late stage and in long cases there can be an advantage to the prosecution to dominate the trial issues.

In a recent webinar we discussed this topic of delivery of defence openings / summary of issues and how defence statements can be framed to support a defence opening.

This article is a summary of the key provisions discussed.

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