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Preparing to testify in court

On Behalf of | May 27, 2024 | Business Litigation

Preparing to testify in court can be a daunting experience, but proper preparation can help you present yourself confidently and effectively.

For example, your appearance in court can significantly impact how you are perceived. Dressing appropriately can help convey your credibility. Aim for business attire, unless your legal team suggests otherwise:

  • Men: Wear a suit or dress pants with a button-up shirt and tie. Choose dark, neutral colors like navy, black or gray. Ensure your clothes are clean, unwrinkled and fit well. Shoes should be polished and conservative.
  • Women: Opt for a suit, a modest dress or dress pants with a blouse. Choose conservative colors and avoid overly flashy or bright clothing. Ensure your outfit is neat and professional. Wear closed-toe shoes and keep accessories to a minimum.
  • Grooming: Pay attention to personal grooming. Hair should be clean and styled conservatively. Avoid heavy perfumes or colognes, as these can be distracting.

Also, keep in mind that being on time is important when you’re appearing in court. Arriving late can negatively affect your case. Early arrival also gives you time to find the courtroom, go through security and calm any nerves.

Preparing for testimony

Preparation is key to delivering effective testimony. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the purpose of your testimony. Know what you are expected to speak about and review any relevant documents or evidence beforehand.

Practice your testimony with your legal team. They can provide feedback on your responses and help you prepare for potential questions from the opposing counsel. This practice can help you feel more comfortable and confident on the stand. When you are testifying speak clearly and at a moderate pace. If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification. Answer questions honestly and directly, without volunteering additional information.

By presenting yourself as professional – in appearance and tone – your testimony will be taken more seriously than it otherwise might.