Juvenile Court

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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