Do's and Don'ts of testifying in court
How to prepareDo - Review in your mind the events that you think you will be asked to testify on.
If dates are involved-and they almost always are- use a calendar and try to accurately remember the dates of any events- significant (and non significant events as these may be used to test your memory) to the case.
Generally wear the type of clothes you would wear to go to church or synagogue- if any questions talk to your attorney if you have one.
Don't - Do not memorize a script, or even go over so many times in your mind the answers you think you'll be asked to give, that it appears rehearsed.
Waiting to testifyIf you are told to wait out side the courtroom until your name is called- do not talk about the case - especially with someone who has already testified or you may be disqualified from testifying, except as you own attorney may direct you.
TestifyingRemember to tell the truth. As to questions from the opposing side, usually the best policy is to answer the specific question asked and do not elaborate unless requested. By answering over broadly you may open up some areas that may hurt you or your case. By responding only to the question asked, you also may be able to avoid answers that are detrimental to your case, if the question wasn't specific enough. There is always a danger in looking like you are trying to avoid the question so don't play games, just listen to the question and answer THAT question.
Do not use humor, it rarely is effective as it makes you look like you're not taking the process seriously and therefore are insulting the Judge and the system- not good.
Do not become aggressive, or belligerent, just calmly answer the question.