Going to court needs a lot of preparation and study to successfully defend your case. When facing legal disputes, court proceedings may be the last resort to resolve it, if not settle amicably. However, court proceedings may be very stressful. Hearings require the presence of the complainant, the defendant and lawyers/solicitors.
Here are some advises you must take note before appearing before a court:
- Get a good lawyer. Legal issues are too difficult to handle. Lawyers are always present to guide and assist during these taxing situations. It is best to consult a good lawyer and ask for an advice on how to fix your issues. Some cases may be settled out of court but with tough legal issues, a court proceeding may be required. Get a good lawyer who can represent and defend you at court.
- Get ready. On the day of the proceeding, make sure you are all set. A lawyer may be present, buy you must also be ready. Do as much study on your case, especially on how the other party plays the case. Gather all information and details with regards to your case. Get all documents ready for proof or evidences if needed. It may also be helpful to get a head start by attending other court hearings. This will orient you on how the court proceeding go. If you require witnesses, make sure they shall appear in court hearings.
- Arrival. Be in court at least 30 minutes before your time. This will give you ample time to relax, stay focused and compose yourself. Refrain from confrontations with the other party. Do not bring you children at court unless required, this is very inappropriate. You may bring a family member or friend for support. They have to be 18 years old and above.
- Dress smartly. It is not always that you have to stand in court to speak, but it is expected that you dress accordingly. A court is a formal place. Though it does not require a dress code, be smart in choosing what to wear.
- Take note during the hearing. A lawyer may represent you in court. He/She will do all the defending or speaking in your behalf. However, it is best that you take down note on thing that the other part present.
- Don’t do it inside the courtroom. Never talk back during the proceedings. You are not allowed to say your stand. You lawyer can do that for you. Talk to your lawyer if you think you have something to say. Only address the judge if you are instructed to do so. If asked, answer directly with clear voice and with composed content.