posted by Miranda Richard

 

Testifying, continued….

 

The third tip is to not discuss your case with anyone while you are at the courthouse unless you are directed to do so by your attorney. It is typically best to leave friends and family at home for hearings unless they will be testifying at the hearing as they can be a distraction to you, your attorney, the court staff, and the judge. But, if they must come, do not discuss the case while you wait in the hallway or in the courtroom. You cannot know if your conversation will be overheard or if someone will take your comments out of context. The best person to talk to about your case is always your attorney. They can make sure you are in a setting where your conversation will not be overheard by others.

 

Finally, keep in mind that while testifying in front of a judge or jury can be somewhat nerve racking, everyone is there simply to discover the truth of the situation. Often times your attorney will start out with easy questions that you know in order to warm you up to testify – such as your name, date of birth, and your current job title. Focus on your attorney and on answering the questions you are asked and try not to focus on the thought of other people watching you. I have seen many witnesses step up to the witness stand with nervous apprehension but generally once we start discussing the case they are able to find their own inner calmness and tell the Court why they are there. After all, we come to hearings in order to resolve matters; so being part of a hearing is generally a good thing and will help move a case towards completion. If you have specific questions about the hearing process, always make sure to ask your attorney prior to the day of court so that you can walk in confidently and know what to expect from the experience.