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How do I present my case to the judge?
Both the plaintiff and defendant are called when the judge is ready to hear your case. If you are the plaintiff you will be allowed to speak first. When you are asked to speak you should:
  • Be truthful and present the facts
  • Be objective and control your feelings
  • Be respectful of the judge and the other party
  • Only speak to the judge, not the other party
  • Politely ask the judge to explain if you do not understand a question or comment
  • Important
  • Do not raise your voice while speaking to the judge or the other party.

You will only have a few minutes to give your side of the dispute. Give the judge an overview of your case and briefly make your points. The judge is only interested in hearing the facts of your dispute. Have your evidence available if the judge asks for it.

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