Your question is pretty generic. Here’s the generic answer. You should address the judge as “Your Honor,” and never ma’am or sir or plain old judge. You should also be careful not to interrupt, to address the opposing party and counsel respectfully and do not approach the Judge or step into the area in front of counsel table without permission from the bailiff.
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I think any attorney would be uncomfortable answering your question without knowing anything about your case, especially whether this is a small claims court case, or a superior court case (and if so, is there a jury or just a judge trial).
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"Your honor" is the standard way to address a judge. Also, although you do not ask about it, because this is a common problem that I see for pro se litigants, and because it it is hard for non-lawyers to get used to, I mention that when the other party says something, it is not appropriate to respond directly to the other party but instead you should await the judge's invitation to reply.
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