My friend is going to court bout family stuff and she does not know how to act in the court in front of a lot of people.
well what is she going to court for? these are some basics for court ettiquette.
DO speak softly and maintain a professional demeanor in the hallways and stairwells of the Courthouse.
DON'T speak in the courtroom during a court proceeding.
DO remember the bathrooms are located on the second floor near the elevators.
DON'T bring heavy backpacks or totes into the Courthouse as this delays the security processes.
DO be respectful to the judge; address him or her as "your honor" or "judge."
DON'T chew gum in the courtrooms.
DO turn pagers and cellular telephones off while visiting the Courthouse.
DON'T bring food or beverages into a courtroom.
DO dress appropriately; this is a professional setting and you are encouraged to dress accordingly.
DON'T repeat to others what you heard in the courtroom while still in the Courthouse; there may be jurors, attorneys, or parties to the case that may hear information from you that they are not allowed to hear.
DO bring pens or pencils and paper to take notes; there's a lot to learn from a visit to the courthouse.
all this came off of http://www.glenncourt.ca.gov/general_info/etiquette.html
this is another good site. http://www.kalcounty.com/courts/etiquette.htm
also if she knows which court she is attending if you google it you may find somethings about the court which is prohibited or not.
fun mail me if you need anything else.
Be professional in dress and attitude, be respectful that will go far, if she's being questioned then make sure she understands the question and be honest they will catch her up in a lie. If this is with lawyers and she's being questioned then the other lawyer will try to discredit her, that's his job. Remain calm and professional anyway. Only answer questions asked to her. If its not with lawyers and shes speaking to the judge then answer the question clearly and honestly. DON'T interrupt anyone even if someone is lying. She will get a chance to rebut that. Don't try to pull anything over on anyone. Sounds like its an appearance before the judge and not a law and order thing. From what you say sounds like something to be done in family court. Good luck
She shouldn't wear a low cut blouse and short skirt. You want to be respected not look like your going to the club. She should be quiet and only speak when spoken to. Hopefully she has a lawyer who is preparing her for some of the questions she will be asked so she can know how to respond and won't feel taking off guard. If she needs a minute tell her to ask them to repeat the question (even if she heard the question) so she can compose herself. Tell her not to fly off the handle and start screaming or be emotional (that's hard). Good luck.
She needs to be very careful about what she says and realize that anything she says could have serious ramifications. It's best not to speak at all unless you are required to, or unless you need the court to act on your behalf. And in either case, you should think in advance about how you will respond to likely questions, and what you plan to say if you need their intervention.
try not to be nervous is the best advice I can give. it is very nerve racking being in court being in front of a judge. I been there once and never want to go back there again
Let her be herself and tell her to tell the truth about everything, to just don't tense up... and then that should let her know that everything will be ok.
Dress correctly. No jeans, sandals, t shirts, etc. hair combed, little make-up, etc.
BE HERSELF BE CALM AND DONT WORRY