Preparing for Court

Preparing For Court

Here are a few tips for setting you up for success to prepare for your day in court. 

  • Find out where your case is being held.  
  • Be sure to check if there are any COVID-19 protocols in place (mask requirements, social distancing, virtual meetings, etc.) 
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes early. You may run into delays with parking and security. 
  • Dress to impress. It’s important to dress as if you’re going to a job interview. Be sure to avoid clothing that looks too casual (sleeveless or low-cut tops, tank tops, shorts, flip-flops, jeans, or non-religious hats). 
  • Know the facts of your case and be sure to find out what items (emails, receipts, documents, etc.) you need to support your claim. 
  • Print off at least three copies of each of the supporting documents you plan on bringing to court. 
  • Prepare an outline to help guide you. 
  • Practice what you’re going to say in court beforehand. 
  • Remember, no electronic devices are allowed while court is in session. 
  • Be sure if you have any witnesses, they know when and where to show up for court. If they are unable to make it, be sure to inform the Judge. 
  • Be prepared to spend all day in court, so be sure to plan accordingly for childcare.