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The Law Offices of Barbara Gayl Ancira, P.C.
33000 US Highway 281 N. Suite 2
Bulverde, TX 78163

What to Expect in Court

The following rules should generally be followed when testifying at a trial, hearing, or deposition. Be certain to read these carefully. Your lawyer (or the lawyer representing the party on whose behalf you will testify) may review these rules with you. Be certain to ask questions if you do not fully understand any of these rules.

  • TELL THE TRUTH.
  • BE PRECISE. DO NOT EXAGGERATE.
  • LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THE QUESTION.
  • IF NECESSARY – REPEAT THE QUESTION TO YOURSELF.
  • MAKE CERTAIN YOU UNDERSTAND THE QUESTIONS ASKED.
  • DO NOT “THINK OUT LOUD”.
  • ANSWER ORALLY AND CLEARLY.
  • ANSWER LOUD ENOUGH FOR ALL TO HEAR.
  • IGNORE THE VOICE REFLECTION OF DEMEANOR THE LAWYER ASKING THE QUESTION.
  • DO NOT FEEL RUSHED – TAKE YOUR TIME WHEN ANSWERING.
  • IF YOU FORGET THE QUESTION, ASK FOR IT TO BE REPEATED.
  • ANSWER ONLY THE QUESTION ASKED – STAY FOCUSED.
  • DO NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS WITH QUESTIONS.
  • BE CONFIDENT AND FIRM IN YOUR ANSWERS.
  • DO NOT GUESS, UNLESS SPECIFICALLY ASKED TO GUESS.
  • DO NOT BOX YOURSELF IN.
  • ALWAYS BE COURTEOUS.
  • DO NOT MAKE JOKES OR INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTS.
  • DO NOT ARGUE WITH THE LAWYER ASKING QUESTIONS.
  • REMAIN CALM.
  • REMEMBER TO BREATHE.
  • CRYING IS OKAY.
  • BE ON TIME.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY.

HANDLING OBJECTIONS

  1. DO NOT TALK OVER THE LAWYER.
  2. IN DEPOSITIONS – ANSWER AFTER THE OBJECTION UNLESS INSTRUCTED OTHERWISE BY YOUR LAWYER.
  3. IN TRIAL – ‘SUSTAINED’ MEANS STOP – DO NOT ANSWER.
  4. IN TRIAL – ‘OVERRULED’ MEANS ANSWER.

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