This event will consist of two parts. During Part One competitors will be provided with a criminal case file to review and prepare an opening statement. Competitors will have thirty (30) minutes to prepare their statement. Competitors may choose to present the case as the Prosecuting Attorney or the Defense Attorney. There will be no points assessed in Part One. During Part Two competitors will have five (5) minutes to present the Opening Statement to a panel of judges in a simulated courtroom. To encourage criminal justice students to improve their ability to properly present an opening statement for a criminal case in a court of law.
Competitors shall be dressed in Business Professional attire as defined in the TPSA Dress Code Policy.
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This is the Official Scorecard for the event Opening Statement.
|Point Based||Highest Score Wins|
|Knowledge of Case||0||5|
|Delivery between 3 - 5 minutes||0||5|
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