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Rule 265. Order of Proceedings on Trial by Jury (1978)
The trial of cases before a jury shall proceed in the following order unless the court should, for good cause stated in the record, otherwise direct:
(a) The party upon whom rests the burden of proof on the whole case shall state to the jury briefly the nature of his claim or defense and what said party expects to prove and the relief sought. Immediately thereafter, the adverse party may make a similar statement, and intervenors and other parties will be accorded similar rights in the order determined by the court.
(b) The party upon whom rests the burden of proof on the whole case shall then introduce his evidence.
(c) The adverse party shall briefly state the nature of his claim or defense and what said party expects to prove and the relief sought unless he has already done so.
(d) He shall then introduce his evidence.
(e) The intervenor and other parties shall make their statement, unless they have already done so, and shall introduce their evidence.
(f) The parties shall then be confined to rebutting testimony on each side.
(g) But one counsel on each side shall examine and cross-examine the same witness, except on leave granted.
Amended by order of July 11, 1977, eff. Jan. 1, 1978: The rule is amended by eliminating the provisions in (a), (c), and (e) concerning the reading of pleadings.
|Prior Amendments||Future Amendments|
|Oct. 29, 1940, eff. Sept. 1, 1941|
|March 31, 1941, eff. Sept. 1, 1941|
|July 20, 1966, eff. Jan. 1, 1967|