Tips for the Courtroom

 

  • Dress neatly but comfortably.
  • Bring a book, games for older children, or something to occupy your waiting time.
  • Be prepared to wait for extended periods of time.
  • Enlist the help of a friend who can support you on the day of trial. Do not bring people who will not be able to emotionally support you (for example, small children or people who make you uncomfortable).
  • Stay calm. The object is to tell only what you know and to tell it truthfully.
  • Try to keep yourself from becoming angry at the defense attorney.
  • It’s ok to cry if you become emotional. If you need a break, ask the judge.
  • Be courteous to the judge, the defense attorney and the Assistant Circuit Attorney.
  • Look at the jury. They must be able to hear you and understand what you say.
  • Listen carefully to questions.
  • If you do not understand a question, ask that the question be repeated.
  • Take your time and think carefully before answering questions.
  • Answer all questions directly, but only answer the question that is asked.
  • Always give a verbal answer. Avoid nodding your head to indicate “yes” or “no”.
  • Never guess. If you do not know the answer or do not remember, say “I don’t know,” or “I don’t remember.”