A court hearing is generally something people steer clear of, but, sometimes, we just have to deal with it. Calling on experts like those in MyDefence.ca helps a lot, but there are still some things that need to be done on the client’s end.
Doesn’t matter how good your lawyer is, if you’re not ready, then things can go off the rails pretty fast. Here are a few tips that might help with your court hearings.
Have a pen and paper ready
You need to take notes: lots of them. There are a lot of things to keep track of during a court hearing, especially since even the smallest detail can have a drastic effect on the outcome.
No matter how good your memory might be, write things down. Whether they’re the conversations with the opposition, or the things you have to say as part of your statement, noting them down will save you a lot of trouble.
Court hearings are serious affairs that require no small amount of documents. Naturally, you want to make sure everything is properly organized and recorded. Get some file dividers and the like, and save yourself, and anyone from MyDefence.ca or whatever law firm you’ve got with you a headache.
Organizing works best in chronological order:
- Section 1 is for court applications, orders, as well as notices for the hearing.
- Section 2 is for evidence statements from witnesses.
- Section 3 is for expert reports.
- Section 4 is for any documents sent between you and the opposition, as well as conversations.
- Section 5, if you need it, is good for notes.
Know the venue
If you’re going to be part of a court hearing, it makes sense that you know where it is, and how to get there. After all, a soldier knows where the battlefield is. Sure that sounds a bit like overblowing things, but they’re called ‘legal battles’ for a reason.
Remember that courts set their times at times they find suitable, but they can change the time at the last minute. If you’re not there, hearings can proceed without you, which can gravely hurt your case.