Going to court can be a very unpleasant experience for most. We can save a lot of heartache and stress if we understand what is expected of us when we are present in a courtroom. These tips could help make your experience a little better:
Lower your expectations of the results. Go in with confidence, but understand that you have a 33% chance of getting the ruling you desire. You are up against the judge and the defendant/prosecutor.
Settle issues before entering the court room. Settle as many possible issues as you can before even entering the court room. Even if the settlement does not seem that “attractive,” most of the time a pre-court settlement is simply better.
If you have an attorney, do not speak unless asked to do so. You are paying them for a reason, let your attorney handle the case and respond only when the judge asks you to.
Address the judge as “Your Honor.” When a judge puts on their robe, they expect respect, give it to them and things will go much smoother for you.
Leave negativity at the door of the court room. You may not be in a good mood, but make certain you leave your negativity at the door. Judge’s do not appreciate hostility or negativity, do your best to remain calm and composed no matter how difficult your case may be.