closing argument

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

A speech made at trial after all the evidence has been presented by each party. The closing argument reviews and summarizes the evidence, and forcefully explains why the verdict should be granted in favor of the arguing party. In trials before a judge (without a jury), it is common for both parties to waive closing argument on the theory that the judge has almost surely already arrived at a decision.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.