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Preparing to attend court to resolve your business dispute

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2024 | Business Litigation |

Attending court can be a daunting experience. Even if you’re a business owner who is used to high-pressure situations, being embroiled in a dispute that has led to litigation can be a particularly stressful situation.

Whether the matter at issue concerns a contract disagreement, a partnership dissolution or any other business-related issue, preparing adequately for your day in court can significantly influence the outcome. The following are some essential tips to ensure you’re well-prepared, from your appearance to your arrival.

Dress appropriately

First impressions matter, and in a courtroom, they can be particularly impactful. Your attire should convey professionalism and respect for the judicial process. Business owners should generally opt for business formal wear: men might consider a suit and tie, while women could wear a conservative suit or dress. The key is to choose subdued colors and avoid flashy accessories.

Arrive early

Arriving early to court at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time. This extra time will allow you to settle in, review your notes and confer with your legal team. It can also help to ensure that you’re not rushed, helping you maintain composure, which is important in a high-stress environment like a courtroom. Being early can also help you to account for unexpected delays such as traffic, parking difficulties or navigating the courthouse for the first time. Some courthouses have security procedures that can take longer than anticipated, so allotting extra time is wise.

Know the layout and rules of the court

Familiarize yourself with the layout of the courthouse ahead of time. Knowing where to go, the location of the courtroom, restrooms and other facilities can lessen anxiety and avoid last-minute confusion. Additionally, you’ll want to understand and adhere to the court’s rules. These might include turning off your cell phone, not bringing food or drinks into the courtroom and maintaining a respectful demeanor at all times.

Attending court can be stressful, but being prepared can help you to minimize that stress to the greatest possible extent.