Appearing in court as a victim or witness
can be intimidating.

Knowing what to expect can make the experience easier.

My Day In Court – What to Expect

The below video is a wonderful way to understand what you should expect on your day in court. We invite you to watch it.

Below is also a helpful list of do’s and don’ts and to courtroom tips. 

For more information for witnesses and victims, please click here.

This video was prepared with our victims and witnesses who would like to know more about what to expect on the day that they must testify in Court. 


Do dress neatly and professionally if possible.

Do arrive on time.

Do turn off your cell phone.

Do be respectful to everyone.

Do speak clearly and loudly enough to be heard.

Do ask the questioner to repeat or clarify any questions that you do not understand.

Do direct your answers to the person who asked the question. Make eye contact with him/her.

Do pay attention.  It is helpful to listen and learn about the process.

Do appear pleasant and interested in the proceedings.

Do be polite to courtroom staff – the clerk, the bailiff or others.

Do refer to The Judge as “Your Honor” and speak with respect.


Don’t chew gum.

Don’t wear shorts.

Don’t  interrupt.

Don’t read the newspaper, listen to your iPod, work on your laptop, chew gum, use your cell phone or talk to other people while waiting in the back of the courtroom.

Don’t make faces or roll your eyes or otherwise show negative reactions to something happening in the court.

Don’t ignore or treat non-judge members of the court staff poorly.