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Court Room Etiquette: Giving You The Upper Hand In Virginia Courtrooms

May 6, 2013 by The Parrish Law Firm

Our job here at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC is to give you, the victim, any advantage we can in a Virginia personal injury court case. We understand that every small advantage is vital to the outcome of your case, and we will do everything in our power to make sure the judge or jury rules in your favor.

An often-overlooked aspect of the legal process is courtroom etiquette. How your lawyer conducts himself or herself in the courtroom has long reaching consequences, and the following is how we promise to conduct ourselves when representing you in court.

Courtroom Etiquette

  • We will always introduce ourselves to the judge, especially if we are in a court we do not usually frequent. A clear introduction saves the judge from searching his records to find our name, and keeps the focus on our argument.
  • We will error on the side of formality. This includes standing up when addressing the witness or judge, unless otherwise told by the court.
  • We will call if we are going to be late. This includes contacting the opposing councel the day before, letting the judge know before the hearing, and letting the client know as soon as we can.
  • We will always be polite. This includes showing respect and politeness to opposing counsel, witnesses and parties, as well as deputy clerks, the judge’s staff and bailiffs. However, this does not mean we won’t be firm and tenacious, only that we will avoid rudeness at all costs.
  • We will take responsibility for our mistakes. We are human and will make mistakes, but we will own up to them, acknowledge them, and do anything we can to fix them.
  • We will only object during the hearing when it is absolutely necessary to protect your rights. Too many objections by counsel is often unappreciated by the jury and Judge. Sometimes a jury will even think the lawyer is trying to hide something with a bunch of objections.
  • We will never call the opposing counsel liars. To assault the integrity of the opposing counsel is a serious risk, one that we will not take unless absolutely certain of our evidence.

The personal injury lawyer at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC works with Virginia residents who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. If you think you have a personal injury case, give us a call at 703-906-4229 or send us an email and tell us about it.

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