Witness Tips

IF YOU ARE REQUIRED TO APPEAR IN COURT AS A WITNESS, BELOW ARE SOME HELPFUL TIPS.

  • Tell the Truth
    • The most important advice to provide is to tell the truth.
  • Dress Appropriately
    • It is not mandatory to wear a suit, but dress appropriately, court is a formal setting and witnesses should dress accordingly.
    • It is important to present yourself as respectably as possible in court.
  • Be Prepared
    • Prior to your court session, think about the types of questions you will probably be asked and think about the answers you will give to be most prepared.
  • Stick to the Facts
    • The Judge wants to hear only the facts as you know them to be, the Judge will not want to hear what someone else told you.
  • Relax, Speak Clearly
    • When giving truthful answers, you have nothing to fear.
    • Speak clearly when you give the Judge your answer, when you are asked questions.
  • Do Not Get Frustrated
    • If there is a questions you don’t understand a question, ask that it be repeated.
    • Speak your answers clearly.
    • Some questions might seem repetitive or irrelevant, but the attorneys are doing their job, and your job as a witness is to answer their questions to the best of your ability.
    • If you become frustrated, you will need to try to keep your composure on the stand.