You should first recognize that when entering the Courtroom you should have already turned off your cell phone, left your newspaper and coffee outside, removed your jacket, and remembered the elementary classroom rule of “no talking.” You do not want to bring unwanted attention to yourself even before your case begins. The Judge is trying to manage a busy courtroom and does not want distractions; there will be many other cases being heard that day. When your case is called to the counsel table, you will sit next to your lawyer, and your spouse will sit with their lawyer at a separate table. You may be called upon to stand while the sheriff’s officer administers an oath (swears you in). A record (audiotape) will be made of the proceedings. The Judge may ask you questions. You should be responsive to any question asked, so be aware of everything being said in the Courtroom. There are different types of proceedings that we will
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