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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:21 PM

No matter what sort of an asshole a judge may or may not be [View all]

you cannot, under our judicial system, display rudeness or contempt for him/her in the courtroom. It's not merely about the judge, it's about the court itself. Is it "fair"? That's not the point. However fucked up our judicial system is, it would be a lot more fucked up if lawyers or defendants could simply run with whatever emotion they're feeling.

Don'ts

Don't chew gum.
Donít argue with the opposing party or his/her attorney.
Don't interrupt.
Donít react to the answers of witnesses or to the questions from the opposing attorney to indicate your displeasure.
If you are questioned by the other side donít argue with the questioner.
Donít ask questions back: ďWhat would you do ifÖĒ
Donít give flippant answers.

While you are waiting in the back of the Court Room

Do appear to be paying attention. It is helpful to actually listen and learn about the process (and the judge) before your case.
Do try to appear pleasant and interested in the proceedings.
Do be polite to courtroom staff - the clerk, the bailiff or others. They work with the judge and will report behavior.
Don't read the newspaper, listen to your iPod, work on your laptop, chew gum, use your cell phone or talk to other people while waiting in the back of the courtroom.
Don't make faces or roll your eyes or otherwise show negative reactions to something happening in the court.
Don't ignore or treat non-judge members of the court staff poorly. They are part of the justice system that will decide your case.
Don't act angry or short-tempered with the judge, even if you are upset by your case.

When Speaking to the Judge

Do refer to him/her as "Your Honor" and speak with respect.
Don't act angry or short-tempered with the judge, even if you are upset about your case

http://www.peoples-law.org/node/925

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