546.11 Order of trial.
In a civil case when the jury is completed and sworn, the trial shall proceed in the following order, unless for special reasons the court shall otherwise direct:
(1) The plaintiff, after stating the issue, shall produce the plaintiff's evidence;
(2) The defendant may then open the defense, and produce evidence in support thereof;
(3) The parties may then respectively offer rebutting evidence only, unless the court, in furtherance of justice, shall permit either to introduce evidence upon each's original case;
(4) When the evidence is concluded, unless the case be submitted by one side or both without argument, the defendant shall open and the plaintiff close the argument to the jury; provided, that if the defendant have the affirmative of the issue to be tried the foregoing order of trial shall be reversed;
(5) If several defendants, having separate defenses, appear by different counsel, the court shall determine their relative order in respect to both evidence and argument;
(6) When the argument is closed the court may charge the jury.
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Revisor of Statutes