Writing Styles and Venues

When thinking about the different types of writing styles and their related venues, people don’t often think about the court room. While much of the activity that occurs within a court room is not completely rehearsed, the opening statements and closing arguments, for the most part, are. The closing statement, specifically, can arguably be considered the most important part of a defense and prosecuting team’s performance. Due to its significance, closing statements are thoroughly and strategically prepared over the time of a trial.
With the closing argument serving as the last opportunity to address the jury, it must fully encompass the most important aspects of the attorney’s argument, having a lasting impact on the jury, and be filled with facts. This specific piece of writing often includes evidence than can be damaging to the opposing lawyers, often utilize visual aids for assistance, and typically possess simple vocabulary so as not to confused the jury. While it may seem as if some closing arguments are free-styled, they are usually laid out in an outline, thus creating a format to be used.
This genre is obviously delivered in a very specific venue, being a court room. Such a venue draws a crowd consisting of a jury, a judge, and those who attend the hearing usually with a personal connection or due to interest in the case. Because this audience is so specific and each person in attendance can share a slightly different reason for attending, the person giving the closing argument must be aware of this and appeal to those who are most important (likely the jury).

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