Tips on Testifying
Tell the truth.
Dont pause to try to figure out if your answer will hurt or help
the case. Just answer truthfully, to the best of your memory.
Try to recall what happened and picture the scene and the objects there.
Dont try to memorize your testimony; simply be prepared to tell
what happened in your own words.
Clarify questions if you need to.
If you did not hear the question or did not understand it, ask the
attorney to repeat it.
Answer only the questions asked of you.
Do not volunteer information. Stop immediately if the judge interrupts
or if an attorney objects to a question.
Do not guess or speculate.
If you dont know the answer, say so. If you give an estimate
of time or distance, be sure everyone knows you are estimating.
Try to remain calm and do not lose your temper. Being polite makes
a good impression.
Speak clearly and loud enough to be heard.
Try to have a clean, neat appearance in court. No shorts or halter-tops
No cell phones or other electronic devices are allowed in the Court