What NOT to say to a judge in a courtroom

When it comes to the courtroom, the Judge holds the most power over the final verdict. That's why it is in your best interest not to do anything they wouldn't like, as it will affect the outcome of your trial. The following are some general guidelines to mind when you are around a judge in the courtroom.

Speak in your own words

When speaking before a judge, it's vital to ensure that your statement is in your own words. Statements that seem rehearsed or modified to omit information can make you seem untrustworthy and unlikely to gain the Judge's favour. Do well to prepare what you will say beforehand but make it genuine.

Keep calm

Keeping your composure in a courtroom is essential to appear trustworthy. If you start getting emotional while speaking, it can make your words seem exaggerated and untruthful. When a judge notices that you appear emotional, they will consider that while developing their verdict.

Never make a definitive statement

If you leave no room for correction during your statements, it will be difficult to backtrack and revise anything. Always say "that is all I remember" instead of "That is everything, nothing else," as it leaves room for correction. You can get yourself in trouble this way and make it seem like you were hiding something in your original statement.

Be respectful

Much like keeping calm, remaining respectful during court proceedings are a must. While you may not have the respect of the Judge in the first place, this allows you to gain it and avoid any further damage to your character. The goal is to gain the Judge's favour, and acting respectful is a step in the right direction.

Don't lie

This should be a given, but lying can get you in a lot of trouble in the courtroom. Not only will this ruin your credibility, but the Judge can find you guilty of perjury which will be punishable by imprisonment. For this reason alone, it's important to remain honest to avoid this undesirable outcome.

Being present in a courtroom is a very serious matter, and you should conduct yourself accordingly. Always consult your lawyer beforehand if you have any questions and utilize the advice they provide. The Judge has the highest power in the court as their job is to conduct the proceedings and decide on a final verdict, so be wary of how you behave around them.

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