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Every year, lawyers file over 100 million cases in the United States. While only a small portion goes to court, you will likely one day appear in court. Even though most people don’t think they will ever appear in court, the numbers say different. Most people do not know what to expect when they walk into a courtroom for the first time. You must be aware of the proper procedures and rules when you walk into your trial hearing.

Procedures and Rules

Court rules and procedures are expectations outlined in the law that governs how a courtroom should be monitored and controlled. There are hundreds of rules of civil procedure in the law that detail the expectations of the courtroom. For this piece, we will focus on three main procedures you can carry with you into any courtroom, regardless of the level.

Jurors

If your case goes to trial, the court will randomly select peers who qualify for the job. Jurors must have no previous knowledge of the case, nor can they have any connection to the parties involved. Once some jurors are disqualified in the process, the court eventually narrows it down to 12. Once the court has selected 12 jurors, they take an oath to uphold the law and strictly judge the case based on the evidence provided within the courtroom.

Forms

Regardless of which court your case appears in, you must correctly fill out all forms. There is so much information the general public is unaware of regarding the documents necessary to file that it is easy to make a mistake. Proper filing is crucial for a timely hearing. If some of the paperwork is inaccurate or improperly filed, the judge can dismiss your case. To help you fill out the forms, you can hire a lawyer to ensure you fill out the documents correctly.

Etiquette

To become a judge in Arkansas, an individual must go through several years of practice and learning to qualify. Since becoming a judge is a complicated process, everyone in the courtroom gives the utmost respect and honor to those who achieve this role. Therefore, it is vital that you stand any time you address the judge or when the judge enters and leaves.

Similarly, it would help if you control your emotions when in court. No one expects you to be an emotionless robot in court, but you do have to keep yourself in check. A judge will not tolerate yelling, shouting, arguing, and violent movements and gestures in the courtroom. While your attorney is there to help you abide by these rules, you must go into the courtroom with a clear mind. Everyone understands you will be emotional about the case, but that does not mean you can misbehave.

Conclusion

Like most Americans, you will probably find yourself filing a claim or lawsuit at some point. It is essential to know the proper procedures and rules before entering the courtroom. Understanding how the jurors are selected, the appropriate way to file your forms, and good courtroom etiquette are essential for a successful case.

If you are ready to file a claim, call Hickey & Hull Law Partners. We are here and ready to help.

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Fort Smith, AR 72901
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