What happens at court?
Make sure you:
- arrive at court on time
- know your witnesses are there
- have all the papers you need to show to the court
- know the facts of your case thoroughly.
Focus on what you want to prove.
- You will probably be asked to present your opening summary and evidence first.
- Speak clearly to the Magistrate. You can read from notes if you feel more confident doing this.
- Refer to your witnesses as you go through the facts. They will give their evidence after you.
- You are allowed to put items like photos and documents into evidence. Make sure the defendant knows you’ll be doing this; have copies for them and the Magistrate.
- Once you have given your evidence, the defendant can ask questions and put their case forward.
- You can cross examine the defendant on their evidence.
- The Magistrate may ask questions at any time.
- Once everyone has spoken, the Magistrate will make their decision.