We know that your first hearing can be intimidating, but follow these easy tips and Trust Your Lawyer. If you’ve hired an attorney to represent you, they should advocate for your best interests.

  1. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the courthouse, you don’t want to be late and you never know what last minute morning obstacles may get in your way.
  2. We suggest that when you walk out of your front door, you behave as though you’re before the judge. There’s the old story of the client who was anxious about the court hearing, driving erratically, and ended up screaming at another driver. To the client’s surprise, he saw the other driver shortly after arriving in court, as the other driver was his judge. Don’t let that happen to you! Plan out your route the night before, decide where you’re going to park, and remain composed.

Dress appropriately

  1. Don’t worry if you don’t have a suit, let your lawyer look like the lawyer!
  2. We recommend that your attire be “business casual.” This means no jeans, hoodies, tank tops, shorts, or old sneakers. Wear a collared shirt or nice sweater with dress pants.

Courtroom Don’ts

  1. You cannot wear hats or sunglasses in the courtroom.
  2. You cannot read magazines, newspapers, or books in the courtroom.
  3. Phones, tablets, and laptops are not allowed.

Courtroom Do’s

  1. Arrive early and sit in the front row. This will allow the court extra time to make observations about you – so take advantage of it.
  2. When the judge is on the bench, there is to be no talking. Sit quietly, pay attention, and show respect toward everyone in the courtroom.
  3.  Be careful when you discuss your case, you never know who may be within earshot.

For other tips and to discuss specific concerns that you may have leading up to your first hearing, reach out to the attorneys at Foley & MacAdie, P.C.

The information provided by Foley & MacAdie, P.C. is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.