My blog for the week will be as the head line states, what to do if you were to have a hearing. It doesn’t matter the court, state, or issue, you should follow this step to have a successful court event.
- If you don’t understand a question , please asked for it to be explained, do not answer until you fully understand the question.
- Be direct. If you don’t know an answer, say so. Do not be afraid to admit that you don’t know something.
- Take your time when answering questions. Give the question as much thought as you need to understand it and come up with your answer. Start with yes or no when answering. Then explain your answer if needed. Be respectful and courteous.
- Always address the judge as “Your Honor.” Do not interrupt. If something needs to be explained, wait until it is your turn to speak or ask to speak again.
- Be sincere. Don’t be sarcastic or argue with the judge or the other side. Stay calm. If you are stating dates, times and places, etc., be exact. If you cannot be exact, say that you are only estimating.
- Speak clearly and distinctly, using words, phrases and terms that you understand. Keep your hands away from your mouth and speak loud enough so the judge can easily hear you.