A Crown Opening is a written document which explains how they are going to “open” the case to the jury. What are they going to say to the jury that you exactly did?
The Opening will be made up of numbered paragraphs detailing the allegations.
It may also ask for formal admissions of issues that are not in dispute. ie the age of the Complainant.
This is the point at which you will know whether they are going to rely on relationship evidence or propensity evidence or other issues that have been unclear.