Preparing to testify in an Atlanta trial is a scary thought. The thought of being sworn in and answering questions in front of a jury can be overwhelming.
For the duration of your case, you should keep a log or diary of events – write down the events that led up to the filing of the case and the events that occur after the case has been filed. These notes will be helpful to refresh your memory during trial, and will help you prepare for your testimony so that your thoughts and testimony are well organized.
It is important to note that you do not have to know the answer to every question while you are on the witness stand. It is absolutely acceptable to say that you do not know the answer, or that you do not remember a particular fact. In fact, it is better to say that you do not remember or that you do not know, than to risk making an incorrect statement that may harm your credibility. If an opposing attorney appears frustrated with you for not remembering, do not let it get to you.
Also, during trial, it is essential that you pay attention to your body language and demeanor. For example, do not cross your arms, for it will make you appear defiant to the judge and the jury. Always remember to speak clearly and respectfully respond to the other attorneys, even if they make an offensive statement – they are just representing their clients.
The stress of trial may be avoided by seeking the services of a mediator. No matter how contested a case may be, the parties may be able to reach a settlement by submitting their dispute to mediation.