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What can’t you say in court?

| Feb 11, 2020 | Family Law |

Has anyone ever told you to “not be so emotional” when you’re talking to them? It may have just enraged you, especially if you are discussing something that is important to you. And nothing is more important than your connections to your life and your children. So how can you avoid saying something you shouldn’t say?

What sort of statements should people avoid in court?

One of the first things to consider is to avoid saying anything that sounds memorized or written by someone else. Judges want to know they are getting real information, and although lawyers generally counsel their clients to prepare their statements, it is a bad idea to give the impression that you were coached, even by yourself.

What is the tone one should keep in court?

Any excess of emotion, especially anger, may give the impression that a witness or plaintiff is not objective. Since objectivity is what the court is trying to accomplish, people should always remain calm and avoid features like sarcasm in their speech.

What about legal terms I’ve heard?

Some legal terms are specific for a good reason and only legal professionals use them often. Words like ‘aformentioned’ and ‘notwithstanding’ are perhaps best replaced by ‘earlier’ and ‘regardless,’ so you still seem approachable and sincere.

What kind of help can I get for court cases?

Family law issues are often best greeted with legal representation. A lawyer can help people and their families resolve disputes on occasion. Whenever a court appearance is required, an attorney can represent people’s interests in front of a judge.

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