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Courtroom Dos & Don’ts

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

St. Paul

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