One of the trickiest speeches that we may be asked to give is the one that requires us to do homework. In these types of speeches, we are being asked to provide our audience with factual information that they don’t have before they hear our speech. It is our responsibility to take the time to do research in order to collect the information that they will need. Once we have this information, we then have to take the extra step and find a way to organize it so that when we give our speech we’ll be able to share it in a way that will make sense to our audience. Let’s take a look at how we could go about doing this if we were talking to an audience about an upcoming court procedure.
Every year, millions of people appear in court for a wide variety of reasons.
Whatever your reason, the more prepared you are for your court hearing procedure, the better chance you have at having a positive outcome.
Fortunately, there are only a few things you need to do if you want to increase your chances of a judgment being in your favor. Keep reading to learn five things you need to know before stepping into the courtroom.
1. Your Lawyer Should Prepare You
If your case is serious enough to require a lawyer, then your attorney should help you prepare for the types of questions you may have to answer. They can also explain how the proceedings will work so you know what to expect.
Feel free to ask your legal representative anything you want to know and anything that will help you feel more comfortable before your court date.
For cases that aren’t as serious, you may be able to represent yourself. If you’re not sure, you can always check with a lawyer at Beckage Law Firm to see if they think you need legal representation in court or not.
2. Dress Appropriately
How you dress at your court hearing can impact your outcome more than most people realize. You want to dress as formally as you can while still being comfortable.
For men, that means being in a button-up shirt at the least but you may also want to wear a suit jacket. Women should wear modest clothing as many judges take offense to clothing that is too revealing or tight-fitting.
3. Arrive Early
You’ll want to arrive as early as possible to your court date for several reasons. First of all, you don’t want to risk being late if you get stuck in traffic or have trouble finding the right place.
You’ll also need to check in with someone, most often the bailiff.
4. Be Polite
More than anything, it’s essential to be polite and follow all of the protocol if you want to stay in the good graces of the judge. If you upset the judge, you run the risk of him or her ruling against you or having your case thrown out.
Don’t interrupt anyone, especially the judge. If you have something to say in response to anything, wait until you are given the chance to speak or request permission from the judge to talk before speaking up.
5. Get Everything in Writing
If you don’t have a lawyer to take care of this for you, make sure you get copies of the Minute Order and the transcript from your hearing. You’ll use them to get the order in writing following the trial.
Learn More About Court Hearing Procedures
Now you know five interesting facts about court hearing procedures so you have a better idea of what to expect if you have a hearing coming up. As you can see, the best way to be prepared is by asking your lawyer all of your questions.