Traffic Court: What You Need to Know

traffic court LWIf you are a driver, you might find yourself standing in front of a judge at some point in your life. It could be as a witness to a car accident or as a defendant explaining the reason why you feel a traffic citation should be dismissed. Although traffic court is much more informal than trial court, standing and speaking in front of a judge can be intimidating. For this reason, it is in your best interest to be aware of what the judge is expecting from you in regards to court etiquette.

When Standing in Front of A Judge:

Dress respectfully

Be polite

Address the judge as “Your Honor”

Only speak when addressed by the judge

Do not interrupt the judge

Look at the judge when you are speaking

Get to the point

Enunciate your words

Tip: If the judge asks you a question always answer with a verbal response. If you nod your head the court stenographer will not be able to record your answer.

Tips Before Heading to Court

What is a Court Hearing?

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