Rules of Court: How to Act in a Court Appearance
By: Marilyn Gale Vilyus
If you have a Family Law Court Appearance in Houston, Texas or have a court appearance of any kind, this guide will help you know how to make it more successful.
Rule # 1: Always Tell the Truth.
Rule # 2: Listen to the Question.
Rule # 3: Make Certain You Understand the Question Asked;
You can ask to have the question repeated.
Rule # 4: Be Sure to Answer the Question.
Rule # 5: Take Your Time; Breathe.
Rule # 6: Answer Only the Question Asked.
Rule # 7: Answer Orally and Distinctly ; don’t nod your head.
Rule # 8: Do Not Guess; Say: “I don’t know”. or “I don’t remember.
Rule # 9: Avoid boxing yourself in – don’t say “always” or “never”
Say: “to the best of my recollection” or
“as best as I can remember at this time”.
Rule # 10: Don’t Argue with the Opposing Counsel.
Rule # 11: If you Forget the Question, Ask the Attorney to Repeat It.
Rule # 12: Dress Appropriately – no shorts, flip flops, no jeans or
immodest clothing and no shirts with logos.
Rule #13: It’s Okay for Witnesses to Have Spoken to you,
so don’t deny that you have talked to them about your case.
Rule #14: Never Be Sarcastic to Other Lawyer or to Your Spouse.
Rule #15: Do Not Interrupt or Talk Back to the Judge.