A witness’ guide to credibility: what to know and what to avoid when testifying in Court.
Testifying in Court can be a very stressful experience for any individual, this is especially so for people accused of crimes. No matter how confident you may be in your innocence, or how insignificant you may consider your evidence, the proceedings are intimidating. The Court is set up in a way that the witness is in the most prominent position, before many people, and being carefully scrutinized on every word they say. To anyone anxious of public speaking, testifying in Court is one of the worst experiences imaginable.
Fortunately, with proper preparation and understanding of the procedures, expectations, and limitations of the examiner, your experience as a witness need not be dreaded. To assist witnesses who will testify before a Court, I have compiled a helpful summary of the things one ought to know before testifying.
DISCLAIMER: None of the tips set out below can properly substitute for having dedicated legal counsel to advise you on the specific facts relating to your testimony; nor should this summary in any way substitute for retaining legal counsel in any legal matter. Representing yourself without specific legal advice is invariably detrimental to your interests and the importance of obtaining proper legal counsel cannot be emphasized enough. This article is for informational purposes only and as a helpful guide to some (not all) aspects of credible testimony. The author assumes no liability for any reliance an individual may have on this or other articles written and any capacity.