When you are in a courtroom, you should always remember that the judge controls the court and many decisions about your case. Correct behavior, what you say/how you say it, and body language can improve your case greatly. Here are some helpful tips on how to address a judge.
- Stand- When speaking to a judge, always stand up. This is a sign of respect and when you sit, it lets the judge know that you are done speaking.
- Use proper title- Unless told otherwise, always address the judge as ‘Your honor.’
- Only speak when spoken to.
- Make eye contact-Looking into the judge’s eyes when they are speaking tells them that you are paying attention and will improve your case.
Using these tips and acting professionally in a court hearing can have a big impact on your case.