Freshly graduated and just entered as a younger lawyer into the legal field, the most awaiting moment is when a case has to be presented before the court. After some work experience, you may be assigned a case to be presented before the court. It is most awaited but a jittery moment too. Many thoughts run through the mind like “ Will I be able to do a good job ? “ or you may feel you may forget your law points when being in a court to present case and so many similar thoughts spring up in mind. It is natural in the initial years as a lawyer.
Most experienced lawyers have gone through the same phase. It is a learning moment. Do not try to withdraw from taking the opportunity to present case as it you tend to learn. You earn experience by doing it. Do let your thoughts or nervousness to overtake and make you withdraw. Be determined and prepared. This is a valuable learning experience. You just need to make sure that you do a thorough preparation. So few tips are provided below for presenting the case in court.
- Before your opportunity comes, take time to watch the proceedings in court- See how the lawyers are doing it, how they are presenting their points before the court. formal court etiquettes, dress code in court and such. This will help you in giving an overview of what you need to do in order to present your case before the court. So list it down and take time to practise it from time to time which ensures that you will be able to do properly.
- Preparation is the key – Read your case again and again. This will ensure that you are thorough with each aspect of the case and reading the case repeatedly brings in new questions, new points and helps in scrutinizing the weak areas in the case. So when you go through the case, jot down anything and everything that you feel are important as well as points, questions and steps to take in preparing better. It may take a long time but it is worth it. You need to do all this well in advance rather than lagging it to the last moment creating an awkward situation. Also, note what documents are required and how many copies of each are needed. Additionally, keep an extra book with you clearly mentioning each step in your case as a guide so that in case you forget in the courtroom and feel awkward, you can refer the guide and see what you forgot. Jot down the questions to be asked in the court as its first time and it is obvious that mistakes happen.
- Follow the etiquettes – There are court etiquettes that are basic and it needs to be followed in a court. It is important to be polite as well as be respectful. Do not get too emotional while arguing, if you object then object politely and be cautious on how you react or act or speak in court. Speak with great cautiousness. The etiquettes have to be remembered and followed. Every movement and actions should be with caution in court.
- Convince the court – The case has to be presented in a well-organised manner so that points do not get mixed up and should be convincing to the court. For proper presentation, preparation done way early helps in doing well.
- Be prepared to hear the weak areas of the case preparation – There may be some or the other weak areas in case preparation and it might be brought out by the other side. So, when you hear the weak areas of the case is being mentioned, get yourself together and accept it gracefully and politely. It is not only about winning a case but court etiquettes, actions and words are all important.
- Prepare yourself with the required evidence to establish your point – Advance preparation helps in keeping yourself equipped well with necessary evidence for every point you have. It is alright if mistakes happen. Learning by experience and taking opportunities is how you do things better each time.
- Do not disrespect – Do ensure that you follow the court etiquette well and good.
- Try not to object too much or ask such questions to which you have no answer – Do not object too many times as it can cause interruptions while the proceedings are going on. Also, do not ask any such questions that even you do not know the answer to.
It gives you confidence and immense happiness after your first experience in presenting a case in court. As mentioned before, preparation is the key along with hard work and determination.