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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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How to Behave in Court

The most important thing about your behavior in court is that it must be respectful of the court at all times. No matter how angry you get, it’s considered highly disrespectful to the court to yell, even if it’s not at the judge. Swearing, even mildly, is also considered disrespectful. If you’re quoting someone else, it’s okay, but even then, you should make it clear that it’s a quote.
Don’t eat, drink, or chew gum in the courtroom, and absolutely do not smoke or chew tobacco in the courtroom. Don’t talk or whisper while someone else’s matter is being heard. As dull as it may get, you cannot read books or newspapers or magazines while court is in session. Don’t bring signs or buttons or anything that advocates a position ...

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