The lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, had earlier told the judge that Mr. Trump would not come to court to testify in the civil case. Mr. Trump, who is again running for president, traveled to Scotland this week to open a new golf course.
On Wednesday, speaking out of the jury’s presence, Mr. Tacopina told Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of Federal District Court in Manhattan that an expert witness the defense had hoped to call on Mr. Trump’s behalf was not available.
Ms. Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta A. Kaplan, said she would likely finish presenting Ms. Carroll’s case by midday Thursday. Judge Kaplan, who is not related to Ms. Kaplan, told the jury that it would likely receive the case for deliberation early next week.