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Closing Opening Statement Time Limits

This page within Virginia Tort Case Law is a compilation of cases reported by the Virginia Supreme Court and summarized by Brien Roche dealing with the topic of Closing Opening Statement Time Limits and the related topic of personal injury. For more information on closing statements see the page on Wikipedia.

Closing Opening Statement Time Limits-Cases

1968 Jordan v. Taylor, 209 Va. 43, 161 S.E.2d 790.

Plaintiff’s counsel did not discuss question of damages in opening summation nor did defendant’s counsel. Plaintiff’s counsel requested and received additional time regarding damages; defendant’s counsel received equal time, but requested more. Not error to deny additional time nor to allow plaintiff to argue damages.

1961 Brown v. Peters, 202 Va. 382, 117 S.E.2d 695.

Thirty-minute time limit for closing argument by counsel for each defendant, with plaintiff having 50 minutes, was not abuse of discretion.

1944 Cohen v. Power, 183 Va. 258, 32 S.E.2d 64.

Limitation of 20 minutes for closing argument was not error.

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