These may seem basic, but they are based on real life, recent examples of behavior observed by the author:
- Do not walk into a courtroom with a swagger—this is not the rap category in the Grammys.
- Do not use inflammatory language during an argument—it will only be used against you in rebuttal.
- Do turn off your cellphone or smartphone.
- Do comb or brush your hair—you don’t want to look like you just got out of bed.
- Do take your sunglasses off of your head.
- Do not act like you are in charge of the courtroom—the judge is.
- Do not interrupt the judge.
- Do not interrupt opposing counsel.
- Do not lose your temper.
- Do not whine.
- Do not rely on your claim that something is true because you said so.
- Do be on time and prepared. When interviewed, judges routinely stress this.
Susan Dickel Minsberg
Law Offices of Susan Minsberg