What to expect

  • Your attorney will spend time with you before your case goes to court

    • He or she will explain what will happen in the court and what you need to bring with you.

    • Discuss any issues or matters of concern to you with your attorney before you go in to see the judge.

  • Be on time.

  • Dress comfortably, conservatively, and show respect.

    • Do not wear:

      • Shorts

      • T-shirts with graphic language or pictures

  • If there is more than one case you may have to wait, please be patient.

  • Do not bring children to court unless specifically asked to do so.

When your case is called

  • Your lawyer will give a brief statement of the facts.

  • In a contested case you will take the stand and you will be under oath.

  • Your attorney will ask you questions, the judge may ask questions, and the other attorney may ask questions.

  • Do not argue with the judge, magistrate, or your attorney.

  • A marital agreement settlement may be presented.




This article is meant to give you general information and not to give you specific legal advice. Prepared by Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. Updated May 2012.