Tips for attending court.

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1. Dress SMART.

2. Take pen & paper with you, if the other side says something that is incorrect, make CAREFUL note of it and when it is your turn bring it up - DO NOT TRUST TO MEMORY - ADRENALIN IS PUMPING, YOU WILL FORGET. Also, at the very end, make careful note of the outcome.

3. Keep very calm and relaxed. Take plenty of deep breaths before you go in.

4. Never Never interrupt the other side, or the judge, or Magistrates depending where you are. You will be given your chance later - in fact you will be asked if you have anything further to say.

5. Don't mumble. Speak clearly and precisely - no umms & ahh's, don't be flustered.

6. Don't repeat yourself.

7. Be totally objective, do not stray into subjectivity - it doesn't help.

8. If the solicitor for the other side attends he will almost certainly, before the hearing, approach you on a fishing trip. Listen politely and when asked a question, simply say you prefer to say nothing and leave it to the court. See Note below**

9. DO NOT accept promises of payment without going into court to be made up to Judgment.

10. Be prepared! - make careful note of the points you wish you raise. More cases are lost through bad or unprofessional preparation. Assemble your correspondence files with the most recent letters or documents at the top.

 

** If a solicitor thrusts a last minute statement into your hand outside court, tell the solicitor you will be asking for an adjournment so you can consider their defence statement. Say to the judge, the defence statement was only given to you minutes before the hearing (it should have been served on you 14 days before the hearing).

 

Finally, Be polite throughout - no matter the outcome and the best of luck.