Weapons of any sort are prohibited
Drugs are prohibited
Electronic devices are not to be used in the courtrooms (unless approved by the court)
Do not chew gum while testifying
Stand up straight and speak clearly
Pay attention to any instruction given by the employees of the court and the Judge
It is permissible to respond with,"I don't recall" if you do not remember some details
Answer only the question that you are asked. Do not volunteer information
If you do not want to answer a question, do not ask the judge whether you must answer it. If it is an improper question, your attorney will rise and state an objection.
Do not shake your head to indicate a "yes" or "no" answer. Use words to answer every question.
When in court, federal magistrates are to be referred to as "Your Honor".
The court is only interested in the facts. Please do not give your opinions or your conclusions unless you are asked.
Do not allow yourself to become angry. This will not help your case.
Try to dress professionally.
Remove sunglasses in court.
Have any evidence or relevant paperwork handy.
Try to leave disruptive children at home.
Be early. People who are late may be issued a bench warrant or have their bail forfeited.
Do not leave the courtroom without knowing when and where you are ordered to return.
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Published on: 2010-01-20 (3383 reads)[ Go Back ]