A client sits in the hallway of the court house and suddenly realizes that they have no idea what will happen when the door opens and they are walked into the room where their hearing will begin. The sense of panic and uncertainty means that they do not present the fantastic first impression they need.
The best way to make sure you never find yourself in a similar position is taking the time to really talk to your lawyer and find out exactly what to expect during your hearing preparation.
Preparation Prior to Trial
The best way to make sure you don’t become so nervous at your trial that you can’t function properly is to be properly prepared. The preparation includes having several meetings with your lawyers who will help you understand exactly what will happen during the real trial, the types of questions you’ll be asked to answer, and what the best way to present yourself will be. The better you are about listening to your lawyer and following their advice, the better the odds are of you winning your case.
Subpoena Your Witnesses
If you are involved in a case that require witnesses to make statements on your behalf, you can’t just give them a call and ask that they attend your trial. The formal way to make sure they show up on time and are ready to testify is for your lawyer to have each witness for your side subpoenaed. Getting the subpoena means that they’re legally required to attend the trial and act as a witness.
Collection of Evidence
More often than not, the key to making sure the case goes your way will be the evidence you present the court. The evidence you collects needs to be collected and verified prior to the start of the trial. If this has not been completed, the case will be delayed or worse, the judge won’t allow your evidence to be used. Prior to the start of the trail you and your lawyer need to sit down and go over all the evidence that has been collected so far and make sure everything is properly filed and verified. This will also be the point when you decide whether or not you have enough evidence or if you should collect more.
Your lawyer will also look at the evidence the other side has collected and listed and decide if they need to work with the opposing side to get information about additional information. When it comes to exchanging information about key bits of evidence, you need to leave the process to the lawyers and stay away from it. They’ll be able to handle the situation without saying or doing anything that could potentially harm your case.
Filing Paperwork with the Court
One of the biggest mistakes that many people make prior to their court hearing is assuming that they won’t have any trouble filing the necessary paperwork.
The first surprise will be the sheer amount of paperwork that needs to be filed. When you work by yourself, it’s very easy to over look something or misfile it. A good, experience attorney won’t make this kind of mistake. Well before your trial date, they will check everything and make sure the court system has all of the correct paperwork. If mistakes have been made, your attorney has the resources needed to resolve the situation in a timely manner.
Making sure all the documentation is filed is just one of the things your lawyer will do prior to your hearing. They will also take the time to make sure that everything from witnesses, to paperwork, to evidence has been organized in such a way that it will be on hand and ready to use as soon as the judge calls or it. This organization allows the entire hearing to run smoothly.
It doesn’t matter what reason you have for going to court, the best way to make sure you prepared is having a good attorney on your side.
Writing provides Jess Schira with the unique opportunity to combine her love of agriculture, history, and unique characters into one project. When she's not writing, Jess can be found daydreaming, reading, and cheering on the Detroit Red Wings. She also spend an enormous amount of time with her horses, one of which seems to have gotten the idea that it's not a horse, but a dragon/cat hybrid. The same horse is currently teaching itself how to become a Ninja.
She has published one Georgian romance novella, Snowflakes & Beeswax.