Learn to Act – It Helps in Court

If you thought being sent to the principal’s office in middle school was intimidating, imagine your first court day. Prosecution is trying to pin a crime on you and your lawyer is trying to prove your innocence. The judge and the jury are trying to decide which side they believe based on what they hear. However, what they see is also going to sway their thoughts so knowing how to conduct yourself in court is important too.

• Dress like you are going for an interview.
• Remove sunglasses and hats.
• Do not chew gum.
• Turn cell phones and pagers off.
• Sit and stand straight.
• Enunciate. If a question requires a yes or no answer, speak those answers verbally instead of nodding or shaking your head.
• Speak only when spoken to and answer only what you are asked.
• Do not grow angry and a...