What You Should Know
- Bring your subpoena.
- Tell the truth. Don't guess or make up answers. If you don't remember, say so. Honesty is the best policy.
- Dress neatly. Avoid chewing gum, laughing, or making light comments.
- Be polite and courteous.
- Be patient as there may be delays in your testifying before the Court.
- Be attentive during proceedings. Listen carefully to the questions asked. Do not rush or give answers without thinking. If you do not understand the question, ask that it be explained.
- Think before you speak.
- Speak clearly and loudly enough so the Judge can hear you. Do not nod your head for a yes or a no.
- Answer only the questions asked of you. Do not exaggerate, give your conclusions or opinions. Tell the facts that you have observed or know to be true.
- If you are asked if anyone has talked with you concerning the case, say yes, even if you talked only to the police officers and attorneys.
- Do not speak when others are speaking.
- Prior to testifying try to remember the scene and what happened. Do not try to memorize your testimony - just remember the facts.
- Both the Prosecutor and the Defense Attorney will be questioning you. Be courteous and do not argue with either attorney. Never lose your temper. Above all, always tell the truth!
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