Unless you are being called as a witness in your defense by your attorney, you will not be asked to testify. However, if you are called to testify, you are subject to cross examination by the State’s Prosecutor and the Judge. During these proceedings, you can expect to be asked some fairly unsavory questions.
The most important thing to remember when you’re called to speak in court is to be respectful. You will also want to avoid using any electronic devices. If you are called to speak in court, you may have limited opportunities to give your testimony. The key to a successful oral argument is to be prepared.
You may be asked to bring copies of papers and affidavits. You can also take notes during the hearing. The best way to prepare for your statement is to practice your questions with your attorney. An experienced attorney will have the questions drafted for each witness and will have you thoroughly prepared to testify if necessary.
You may not know much about court procedures. However, you should be aware that most court cases are open to the public. It is a good idea to alert your attorney to any major issues you may have with speaking or any medical issues preventing you from testifying for long periods of time.
You may also want to speak to an attorney to see if you can reach a plea agreement without going to trial. If you are convicted, you will have the opportunity to present punishment evidence in your defense. A skilled defense attorney should have prepped you or any family members to testify on your behalf before the Judge or Jury assesses punishment.
The judge may be interested in hearing your side of the case and therefore your attorney should have you prepared to speak to the judge. The best way to be a good witness is to be polite, eloquent and honest.
The courtroom is a stressful place. To improve your speech, practice using a posture that makes you look confident and assured.
In court, you should also be careful to use the right form of address for the Judge. For example, you should address the Judge as “Your Honor” or simply “Judge.”