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When you are preparing for a court date, you know that there is a laundry list of things that you need to consider before you even arrive for your hearing. Whether you have been to court before, or you are going for the very first time, there are a few tips that you can follow to ensure that you are going to make a positive impression on the judge and jury. While they may seem like common sense, these tips are only going to help you in the long run.

 

The very first thing that you should do before your court appearance is to sit down with your lawyer for a meeting. Use this meeting to establish a game plan of how you and your legal team are going approach your hearing. Like anything in life, there are different approaches you can take. Some attorneys like to be aggressive in their approach, while others keep a calmer demeanor. This meeting is the perfect time to talk to your legal team about the approach they are going to take. Additionally, you can use this meeting time to ask any questions that you have. Each judge likes to run their courtroom in their own unique manner. Your attorney may have experience in this area and can advise you on the proper way to conduct yourself. Likewise, you can ask questions on what will happen to you in any outcome. This meeting is a great way to not only prepare for your hearing, but also to ease your nerves as your counsel will be able to do their best to address any concerns.

 

Another great thing to keep in mind is how and when you will arrive to your hearing. The main thing to remember regarding your court date is that punctuality is always key. If you are able, arranging to arrive with your attorney is always a safe bet, but if you decide to arrive on your own make sure that you have a designated area for you to meet up with your legal team. Be sure to give yourself enough time to arrive early. Parking may be a challenge and you will have to contend with security and finding your actual courtroom. The last thing that you want to do is be late for your hearing. Arriving early is critical to getting off on the right foot.

 

You will also want to ensure that you are looking the part and properly respecting the court and the legal process. This means that you should be dressing to impress. It is a good time to make a visit to Jos. A. Bank to get a new suit that you can wear to the proceedings. You will also want to make a visit to your barber or hair stylist to have a fresh and clean look. The more that you can show respect to the legal process, the better off you will be.

 

Heading to court can be a nerve wracking experience, but it does not have to be. Follow a few simple tips and you will be in a good position when walking into your court appearance.