In recent years, issues related to the participation of citizens in court hearings have become popular. Very often, fictional stories are considered in special television programs, which become the subject of legal proceedings. The peculiarities of modern reality do not exclude your participation in the real consideration by the court of a civil or criminal case. But not everyone knows how to properly behave in court.
Get your first idea of the specifics of the trial. Those who participate in the court session are usually referred to as parties. Distinguish between the defendant, the plaintiff, witnesses in the case, third parties, and so on. Depending on the category of the case to be considered, the process can be civil or criminal. All parties to the process have specific duties and rights, but there are also universal rules of conduct that should be observed by all participants in the court session, regardless of their status in a particular case.
Treat the court and its officials with respect and respect, but without fear. Quite often we have to observe citizens who fearfully enter the courthouse, believing that nothing good can await them here. But any court is just a state institution, which is called upon to make fair decisions in criminal and civil cases, taking into account the requirements of the law.
Prepare thoroughly for the trial. Before starting the process, you need to know exactly for what purpose and in the capacity of whom you are in court. Determine for yourself what explanations you will begin to give in court, what you will talk about. It is recommended to study the written documents relevant to the case under consideration before the meeting.
Be punctual. Show up to the court on time. The subpoena always contains an accurate indication of the time and place where the hearing is taking place. If you are late for a hearing, you are making it clear that you are not being too respectful of the court. If you are late or fail to appear for a good reason, provide the judge, through his assistant, with documentary evidence that the reason is significant.
Strictly observe ethical standards in court proceedings. The process of conducting hearings in a case is clearly regulated. You cannot get up and leave the room when you feel like it. Shouts from the place, quarrels with the other party in the case should be excluded from the behavior. These and other manifestations of contempt of court entail liability prescribed by law, up to the imposition of a fine or removal from the courtroom.
When answering questions at the hearing, be correct and restrained. Try not to stray from the subject matter. This prevents the judge from understanding the specifics of the situation and delays the trial. Be truthful, pass only the facts to the court, separating them from your own or someone else's opinion. If you are a witness in a case, always remember that you are liable for perjury in court.