I have never testified in Court and I'm very nervous. What do I do?

It is very natural for you to be nervous. The fact is, everybody in the courtroom is nervous to one degree or another. Provided are some tips that will help you to control your nervousness and make your testimony clearer to the Court and jury.

  • Always tell the truth.
  • If you don't know the answer, say so. Do not guess or speculate.
  • Speak clearly and loud enough so everyone can hear your answer.
  • Listen closely to the attorney's question and pause a moment to consider your answer before speaking.
  • If you don't understand the question, tell the attorney.
  • Verbally answer questions with yes or no rather than nodding or shaking your head. Non-verbal responses cannot be transcribed by the court reporter.
  • Answer only the question asked. Don't give additional information until asked.
  • Be respectful to the attorneys and the judge. Don't argue; just truthfully answer the question to the best of your ability.
  • If you hear the word "objection" from an attorney, stop your answer and wait until the judge directs you to continue or discontinue your answer.
  • Court testimony is a solemn and serious duty. Please dress appropriately.

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