Going to family law court in Ontario to deal with your family law matter can be extremely stressful. You should be preparing for court, especially if you are unclear as to what you have to do. Judges, court clerks, and security checks can make attending family court a nightmare. At the very least it might be an uncomfortable experience. If you do not yet have a family lawyer representing you, you should contact one of our family lawyers to represent you in family court. Our family law firm also offers self represented coaching.
When entering the courthouse, make sure to dress appropriately. There’s a reason why lawyers are always in suits. Judges demand a certain level of respect from everyone entering the courtroom. If you throw on a pair of old jeans and a t-shirt, a judge will likely have a hard time taking you seriously. They might even take issue with your apparent lack of respect for the formalities of court.
Once you are inside the courthouse, always check with the information desk. Go to the where the listings of the day’s proceedings are posted and ask where your specific courtroom is located. Many courthouses will have numerous courtrooms operating at the same time.
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Always ensure you are at the courthouse at least 15 minutes early. This enables you to find your specific courtroom and get through the security check. Most courthouses have the security check at their main entrance. If you are late for your court appearance some judges will proceed on your matter without you. This could have drastic effects on your family law matters. It could be very expensive if you then need to try and change the order the judge issued in your absence.
When in front of a judge, only speak when you are being addressed by the judge directly. There will be times where you want to speak out against what the other party is saying. If you do so out of turn a judge is more likely to become angry with you. This does not help you present your point. The judge will acknowledge you and ask for you to present your points. This is why it is best to have a lawyer represent you at this point in your family law matter.
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Your family lawyer will be familiar with the rules of court and how to properly present your case without angering the judge. It will likely be hard for you to sit in court and bite your tongue instead of speaking out. But that is by far the best approach in legal proceedings.
When attending with your lawyer, you are typically not allowed to speak directly to the judge. This is unless they invite you to voice an opinion or provide a specific answer to a question. For more details on how to prepare for attending family law court in Ontario make sure to contact our Toronto law firm.
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