If you ever end up needing to go to court, there are somethings you need to know. Between attire, attitude, and attendance, there are many do’s and don’ts of going to court. When you are in a legal situation and need to be in front of lawyers, a judge, and possibly a jury, there are many simple things you can do to help your case.
From knowing the rules to trusting your lawyer, everything you do in the courtroom can show everyone how serious you are about you case. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to follow the next time you appear in court.
1. Show up
Showing up is the first step in giving a good impression in court. No matter which side you are on, showing up when you are told to is a simple thing that, remarkably, some people fail to do. Making sure you are where you are supposed to be shows that you are serious about your case. Another reason to show up to court is if you are out on bail. Being out on bail is a privilege and if you do not show up for your court date there will be a warrant issued for your arrest and bail will be taken away.
2. Always be on time
Along with showing up, make sure you show up on time your hearing. It is one thing to show up to court, and it is another thing to show up late to court. No matter the circumstances, it does not look good if you are late to your court date. Make sure that you do not plan any other activities the day you have court. Make sure you leave for the courthouse well before you think you should so nothing, such as traffic or road construction, will cause you to be late.
3. Dress Professionally
While this seems like an obvious statement, it is very important that you dress up for court to show that you are serious about the case. It is important to show the judge and jury that you take your case seriously and are not there to waste their time. When you are appearing in court, wearing clothing such as jeans, sandals, and tshirts, it makes appear you are not taking your case seriously or respecting the legal process or the time of the judge and jury.
4. Always Show Respect
There is a certain way you should act in a courtroom. Before you go to court, make sure you sit down with your lawyer to ensure that you know the unspoken rules of court room etiquette. It is always better to be prepared than to look disrespectful.
5. Trust Your Lawyer
It is very noticeable when someone does not trust their lawyer. Actions such as arguing and glaring at each other makes it obvious that there is no trust. This will not help your case at all. Your lawyer is experienced and knows the law, let them do their job without interruption. Remember to talk everything out with your lawyer before your court date to ensure when your court date comes you are on the same page.
Follow these tips to leave a good impression on the judge and everyone else in your court room. If you need help with a legal case give us a call or fill out a contact form. We are always happy to help you emerge victorious.