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- Always tell the truth.
Appropriately for Court. It's best not to wear jeans or t-shirts,
especially t-shirts with logos or statements printed on them. Dress as if you were going to a job
comfortable clothing so you are not distracted and can focus on what is
going on in the Courtroom. Do not
have anything in your mouth while on the witness stand (i.e. gum, candy,
and Witnesses should write down their questions for prosecutors and victim advocates when they think of them.. You may not remember the questions
not talk to jurors, even if you see him/her at lunch, during
a break or when they are entering or exiting the Courthouse. Any appearance of jury tampering can
result in a mistrial.
sure to let the Victim Witness Advocate or someone at the District
Attorney’s Office know if you are going on vacation, have a change in your
phone number, change in employment, change in primary residence or will be
staying with a friend or relative.
The District Attorney’s Office must be able to reach you at all
is a very emotional experience.
as best you can by talking to the Victim Witness Advocate in advance.
You can ask to tour the courtroom prior to the experience..
- Speak clearly and be conscious of your body language. Ask for clarification if you do not
understand what has been asked. If
you don’t remember the answer to a question, it’s okay to say so.
- On days
you are scheduled to be in Court, be sure you clear your calendar. Having other appointments scheduled on
the same day as Court only increases your stress level by worrying about
time constraints. You want to
eliminate as many stressors as possible.
- It's best not to bring children
to Court. If you need to bring a child, make sure that you have
toys, books, and and snacks because it could be a long wait for a child.
most trials, victims and witnesses are sequestered. This means, they can not discuss any
aspects of the case with other witnesses until a verdict has been reached.
- Be prepared to tell what happened, but don't
try to memorize testimony.
- Listen carefully to the question and think before answering. If you don't
understand the question, ask for it to be repeated or explained.
- Do not guess. If you don't understand the
question, ask for it to be repeated or explained. Speak loudly and clearly.
- Stop speaking if the judge interrupts or if an attorney objects to a
- Be courteous. Don't argue with an
attorney, even if he/she acts discourteously or offensively.
- Stay calm.