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Courtroom Etiquette

Despite efforts to keep an open mind in a courtroom, the judge and jury will be vulnerable to their first impression of the person on trial. This reiterates the importance of maintaining a professional appearance that gives the impression that you are calm, collected, and respectful of all proceedings. These individuals will be making important decisions regarding your future and it is important to offer them the best possible image of yourself.

If you or a loved one is preparing for a trial or hearing, taking the time to ensure that your appearance and demeanor will make a strong impression is helpful. Skilled and experienced Austin criminal defense attorney, Ian Inglis, has experience preparing clients for courtroom appearances and can help you to create a strong defense. Contact our offices today at (512) 472-1950 to discuss your case.

Tips for Courtroom Behavior

In order to make the best possible impression on the judge or jury, it is important to:

  • Arrive early to the hearing
  • Dress professionally. Women should opt for a conservative dress or suit, avoiding anything too revealing or overly formal. Men should choose a suit and tie or possibly slacks with a collared shirt.
  • Make sure to silence all cell phones or other devices that may make noise during the proceedings.
  • Practice good hygiene. Making sure that you appear well groomed may help to diminish any negative impressions.
  • Remain calm during court proceedings.
  • Respect the judge. Stand when they enter the room or stand, and do not sit before they sit.
  • Offer the lawyers, jury, and judge respect. Use "sir" or "ma'am", and when appropriate, "your honor".

By making sure that you are familiar with the expected etiquette of the courtroom you can avoid unnecessarily creating a negative impression upon the persons who are responsible for deciding your case.

Contact Us

If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime or has concerns about an impending court date, contact Austin criminal defense attorney, Ian Inglis, at (512) 472-1950 to discuss your options with a member of our legal team.


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