Top Mistakes to Avoid While on Trial
In 2015, there were almost 300,000 civil cases in the United States. There are many reasons to file a civil suit, from medical malpractice, to personal injury, to tire defects and work-related injuries. Whatever your case may be, you should know what to do and what not to do.
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It is a mistake not to Consider a Settlement
People are often unaware of how many options they have. Our image of the legal process does not often correspond to reality. There are many different ways to resolve a dispute.
When people are hurt, they feel emotional. People look for revenge or catharsis in court. They only consider going all the way with their case. In some instances, it is better to settle. The outcome is known, and the amount can be fair. You must discuss these options with your lawyer. They can advise you on whether or not a settlement is fair and prudent.
Do not ignore the Judge
Judges in any courtroom wield a lot of power. You should respect the judge at all times. It is their court, and you must abide by their rules. While you may take notes, judges do not look kindly upon you text messaging someone while others are talking. In addition, you should be very respectful when you are speaking directly to the judge. Stand if speaking, and always address the judge as ‘Your Honor’.
Any time a judge or anyone is speaking, you should be listening. Follow all of their instructions very carefully, and make sure that you are complying with their rules.
Always Act Respectfully
We understand that a trial is a stressful time. If someone has wronged you, you may feel a great deal of anger. Taking your anger out on a clerk, judge, or lawyer is not likely to win you any points. Even if what happened to you fills you with passion, it is a good idea to leave your negative emotions at the door. You must always respect the process, and the persons involved in that process. Remember also that jury members may see you in the hallway or in the restroom, or on the street, always act respectfully.
A court of law is a respectful place. People show up in a wide variety of clothing. As a whole, it is a good idea to dress in something that is ‘business casual’. That is to say, wear a collared shirt or nice blouse, and a clean pair of pants.
Appearance does matter. If someone went to a five-star restaurant and found that the waiters were wearing torn t-shirts, they would not think the restaurant was good despite the quality of the food. In the same way, you should look respectful.
Do Not Underestimate the Legal Process
The legal process is not something that allows for quick results. You should understand that some cases resolve faster than others. Your particular case may take a while.
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August 25, 2017 1:19 pm