It is almost a fact of life that, at some point, you will find yourself in a courtroom. Whether it be for jury duty or parking tickets, chances are high that you will find yourself in front of a judge. Before you make your appearance there are more than a few things that you should consider. They may not win your case, but they certainly will not hurt it, and that is what is important.
The first thing that you will want to do regarding your court appearance is to sit down with your attorney before the hearing and map out your next steps. Most attorneys will be well ahead of you in this regard, but you will want to make sure that you going through a detailed plan of how you will approach your hearing. This should include what is expected to happen, who will be present and what is expected out of you. Most lawyers handle all of the talking in the courtroom, but you may be called on to speak, so be prepared for that. This is also a good time to ask your attorney any lingering questions that you have. No matter how big or small they seem, you will want to ask them. You will not want to step in front of a judge with any questions, so ask them ahead of time and write down the answers if need be. It really is that important.
On the day of your appearance you will want to be ready. One of the most important things to consider is that you have to arrive for your hearing on time. One of the biggest signs of disrespect to the court is arriving late. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the courthouse. If you live in an urban area, you know that you will have to factor in traffic and parking as well. If you plan on taking public transportation, work in time for delays in the schedule. Rent a car from Alamo if you have to because being there on time is important. Once you arrive and park, remember that you will have to make your way through security as well, which can take some time. Then you will have to find your assigned courtroom. You should have a pretty good idea about how much time you will need, so plan it into your day.
Finally, you will want to show the proper respect to the legal process when you are actually in the courtroom and in front of the judge. This may be a good time for you to buy a new suit or dress to give off a positive impression. Be sure to stay attentive during the proceedings and interact with your attorney when you have any questions. If you are called to speak, make sure that you answer respectfully and clearly. There are many ways to improve your standing in the court, but following a few common sense checklist items will go a long way towards relieving your stress.