Common Courtroom Errors

At this point, you should understand how a trial works. However, even with the best preparation, you can expect to make some mistakes, even the most experienced trial lawyers do. Keep in mind that most of the mistakes that you make will be minor and not fatal to your case. Yet, you want to avoid certain things that will make your case harder to present.


Most judges are willing to help you at times during the trial because they understand that representing yourself without the aid of a lawyer is difficult. However, they will not be as understanding or helpful if you display an ugly or negative attitude.


In addition, you should to avoid doing the following things:

  • Being late
  • Being unprepared
  • Arguing or badgering the witnesses
  • Making sounds of disapproval or disbelief
  • Objecting on the ground that a witness is lying


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