Divide your testimony into the several main points that are apparent in the case. You may want to make a list. Give each topic a heading. Under each heading, write down all evidence you will bring to show the judge. If your evidence consists of a number of items, make sure that you put them in order. Chronological order often makes the most sense.
Organize the Documents
If you have a contract, make sure to bring the judge the signed copy. If you have invoices, make sure you have them in order. Getting the documents in order allows you to organize your testimony around those documents to streamline your presentation.
Calm and Clear
When the judge says you can speak, present your testimony in a clear and organized manner. Speak from notes that you have prepared in advance. Your testimony can flow from the main points headings you have listed. When you need to show a document, refer to the organized documents you have brought along.
Following these three simple steps can help in your preparations and relieve some of your anxiety about the small claims testimony process.
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