Going To Court

 Many of us have not been to a court before and do not know what to expect and how to prepare for same. The courtroom is a different kind of environment. It is controlled by the judge and there are rules for how it is run, including rules as to how a hearing or trial is conducted, whether your case involves a criminal, dwi, dui, municipal court, traffic, domestic violence, juvenile court, divorce, custody or family law matter.

How you dress and conduct yourself in court can have a big impact on how the judge perceives you as a person. A neat, tidy, understated and respectful appearance amounts to putting your best foot forward. A respectful appearance is one that shows the judge that you are concerned with how the judge sees you and thinks about you.

You should take whatever papers or photographs or witnesses to court for the trial which and who will promote your side of the case. Telling your lawyer about a witness or a record or a photograph at the last moment just before or during your trial will probably prevent you from convincingly showing the judge why he or she should believe you.

Scheduled hearings have an unpredictable aspect to them. You might be in the courtroom for minutes or hours. Do not assume that you will be able to keep that appointment scheduled for two hours after the court proceeding begins. Also, expect that the case may be postponed after you arrive in court because a witness has become unavailable. For example, a serious motor vehicle accident on a major highway may prevent a state trooper from appearing as scheduled because he is assigned to the accident.

Hearings are presided over by a judge and are conducted in accordance with the rules of evidence. If you do not know courtroom procedures and the rules of evidence, the simple explanation that you wanted to give in court may never be fully heard and you may be totally frustrated in attempting to question an opposing witness.
 
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