How to Act in the Courtroom
Most of us are familiar with the concept of “time off for good behavior.” What many people don’t realize is that “good behavior” begins in the Courtroom. It might seem unfair, but how you present yourself—including what you wear, how you speak, and even your body language—can have a huge impact on the outcome of your case. At Wentz Law Firm, we understand this, and we ensure our clients make a first impression that helps their case, rather than harms it.
If you know you will soon be standing before a judge, these tips from our experienced and knowledgeable lawyers are sure to help your case.
1. Show up early.
Being on time is good manners, plain and simple. It also shows that you’re respectful of everyone’s time and that you’re taking your case seriously.
2. Dress for success.
Dress as if you’re going to an important job interview. Wear conservative clothing and subdued prints that are appropriate to the seriousness of the occasion.
3. Don’t bring snacks or drinks.
First of all, these items aren’t allowed in the Courtroom. Second of all, eating can be viewed as a sign of disrespect—even chewing gum is off limits!
4. Turn off your phone.
Most Courtrooms don’t allow phones at all. If you must have yours on you, triple check that it’s turned to silent—even a vibrating phone will be disruptive and annoying to those in the Courtroom. And don’t even think about checking Facebook while you wait for your turn.
5. Speak only when it’s your turn.
Depending on your case, you may be tempted to correct someone’s story or defend yourself. Don’t do this! The Courtroom follows a very strict set of rules, and you’ll have your chance to speak. You should also refer to the judge as “Your Honor,” as this is the traditional and correct term to use.
By following these tips, you’ll go a long way to showing the judge and jury that you deserve a second chance. If you have an upcoming case in New Hanover or Pender Counties, schedule a consultation with Wentz Law as soon as possible and get the guidance and knowledge you need to win.