How to Impress a Judge When You Go to Court

By Jane Meggitt
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You only get one chance to make a first impression. When you're facing a judge in a courtroom, that could make a difference in the outcome of your case. Dress conservatively, don't chew gum, remove unconventional body piercing elements and cover tattoos if possible. Dress as if you were going to a business meeting. Good grooming is essential.

Courtroom Behavior

Before heading to court, make sure your paperwork and all of your evidence is well-organized. Rather than arrive at the courtroom just "on time," get there about 30 minutes early. Late arrivals make a bad impression. Behave in a calm, professional manner -- don't let your emotions get the best of you. When the judge speaks to you, look her in the eye and reply in a respectful tone. Stand up when addressing the court. Get to the point quickly when presenting your facts. If you're on trial, maintain a a calm demeanor during all testimony.

About the Author

Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.