If you have to Testify

  • Tell the truth
  • Dress neatly
  • Avoid distracting mannerisms
  • Never chew gum and try to keep your hands away from your face and mouth
  • Be prepared
  • Before you testify, review the facts in your mind, but do not try to memorize what you are going to say
  • Be serious in the courtroom
  • Avoid laughing and talking in the courtroom
  • Address the judge as “Your Honor”
  • Speak loudly and clearly
  • Remain calm at all times and try not to lose your temper
  • Be yourself and try not to be nervous
  • Dont be afraid to cry
  • Listen carefully to all the questions and take your time answering
  • Answer questions fully, but do not volunteer information
  • Explain your answer if necessary