Professional Tips And Advice To Help You Through Your Upcoming Court Hearing

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Whatever your reason for appearing at a court hearing, you may be nervous and unsure how to act, especially if it is your first time. If you are in this boat, here are professional tips and advice to help you through your upcoming court hearing. 

Seek Legal Advice 

If you are planning to represent yourself at court and feel overwhelmed with your upcoming hearing, seek legal advice. If you may be facing a severe penalty such as imprisonment, having a lawyer present may make it a lot easier and reduce the overwhelm and stress you are feeling. If you have decided against having a lawyer represent you, you can still seek legal advice to point you in the right direction and offer you their perspective. The judge will not take it easier on you just because you are representing yourself, they will expect you to have all the relevant information and knowledge. 

Stay On Top Of Correspondence 

If you have received any correspondence from the court ensure you have read and understood it all. If you ignore requests or communication from the court this could end up landing you in more trouble. You need to keep on top of any and all correspondence and ensure you comply with any requests. 

Be Prepared

Do as much research as you can, research the court you will be appearing in and what that means. If you do have legal representation, you might still struggle in the courtroom if you aren’t fluent in the language. You don’t have to struggle as you can call on translation services to make it easier for you, the experts at Phipps Reporting recommend either consecutive or simultaneous interpretation. Consecutive interpretations are more suited to court hearings, as this is where a person speaks in one language and once they are finished, the interpreter translates what they said. If you are worried that you will struggle to keep up or understand everything clearly, this service may make it a lot easier. 

Don’t be afraid to write down any questions that you have prior to the hearing and bring along paper and pen to write down notes or questions during the hearing. 

Be Punctual 

In fact, be as early as you can. Being late can easily make you look bad and can present a bad sign to the judge. If you have witnesses, ensure they are also punctual. Turn off your mobile phone before entering the court and whilst in there look confident. Don’t slouch or have bad posture, sit up straight and remain as composed and calm as you can. 

Tell The Truth 

Even if you think the truth does not serve you, tell the truth. It is difficult to maintain lies in such stressful situations and you will be quickly caught out. This will make your case a lot worse and you don’t want to be the reason things take a turn for the worse. Instead, you want to focus your efforts on doing everything you can to make this process go in your favor. 

Tell The Facts

Present the facts of the case in a logical and coherent manner. It will help the judge understand easier and will prevent unnecessary questions that may fluster you. The more factual and logical you keep it, the less confusion for everyone else. Present the facts in chronological order, this way everyone can follow what you are saying easily. 

 

Keep it brief. Avoid any unnecessary details, prior to the case research what is relevant and what is not. Keep what you have to stay neat. Even if something is relevant to you, consider whether it is relevant for the court to hear. Unless you are asked, don’t add unnecessary detail, stick to the facts. 

Remain Calm 

You know how you feel and act when you are nervous. Nervousness doesn’t look great when you are in court, you are being watched by everyone in the court, so you want to ensure that you look calm and composed. Prior to court, figure out how you act when you are nervous or stressed. Then, work on ways to combat or reduce this. For example, if you notice that your body language changes, work on remaining conscious of this and preventing your shoulders from slouching or playing with your hands.

 

A court hearing is always a cause for feeling a little nervous. If you are worried, know that it is normal. Once you have accepted that, you can begin to work on what you have to say and gather all your facts together. Work on your body language and ensure you present a calm, composed and punctual manner. 

 

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