Legal Law

Etiquette in the courtroom

When people think of Las Vegas, they envision a bar with rich people with beautiful girls around them, gambling their money and partying all night. However, it is not just about that. It’s no wonder the fun is limitless here, but also the crime rate here is pretty high. A Las Vegas criminal defense attorney is, therefore, a person in high demand. The job of a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney is to help his client get out of all the trouble. Court hearings are held and the judiciary decides whether the person is guilty or innocent. However, before entering the courtroom, you need to be familiar with the etiquette in the courtroom. After all, nothing can be more embarrassing than appearing in a less individual way in front of the judge. Here are some guidelines to help you maintain good courtroom manners;

• Hygiene is the most paramount of all ways. Of course, this should be something that you would consider the basic part, but this is just as important as the rest. Brush your teeth before the hearing, wear clean clothing, and never smoke for just a moment before the session. Shave if you don’t have a beard or mustache.

• Dress well. Your attractions reflect your true personality. Although a suit and tie would do, but it is not necessary at all times. A neat, well-fitted shirt would make a respectful avatar. Women should also dress semi-formally, just to show respect for the court and jury. Women should dress to be modest and a bit conservative, do not dress too much or wear something that may be revealing.

• Respect the judge. Now this isn’t just limited to ‘everyone get on up!’ You should never interrupt the judge. Let him speak and wait his turn. The judge may interrupt you, but for the sake of your impression on him / her you should not make such an attempt. Also, you should never argue with the judge. Remember, if he / she is saying something that is not in your favor, pleading and arguing will not move him / her.

• Always address attorneys as “sir” and “ma’am.” As for the judge, never even think of addressing him without the title “your honor.” This is the only title with which you should address him / her, “sir” or “madam” is not enough.

• You should never speak unless asked to do so. Remain seated and silent until called for questioning. Although some people may interrupt the session to get the attention of the jury, this is not a delicate act.

• When questioned, you must speak correctly and appropriately. Use courtesy words. Thank the judge, but don’t overdo it to make him upset. Use “yes” and “no” instead of “yes” or “no”. Also refer to lawyers with manners. For example, use “Mr. Martin” instead of “Marty”.

• When defending the judge, stand tall. Also, you should not sit down before the judge is seated.

• Turn off your cell phones or at least put them on silent mode when the hearing is about to take place. When you have to answer your phone, leave the courtroom.