What Not to Do When You’re Going to Court

To help your chances of winning your court case, don’t show up late, don’t dress inappropriately, don’t lie and don’t interrupt others.

A judge holds up his hand in a "stop" gesture.
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If you are going to court as a witness or a party in a lawsuit, there are a lot of ways you can do real damage to your chances of success, several of which should be common sense, but others you don’t want to learn the hard way.

Who better to speak with for practical advice than a superior court judge who is a friend of this column — Anthony J. Mohr, who spent over 20 years on the bench in Los Angeles and recently retired. I also ran one important issue by California State University, Bakersfield professor of psychology Luis Vega, whose academic focus is persuasion.

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H. Dennis Beaver, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Author of "You and the Law"

After attending Loyola University School of Law, H. Dennis Beaver joined California's Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he established a Consumer Fraud section. He is in the general practice of law and writes a syndicated newspaper column, "You and the Law." Through his column he offers readers in need of down-to-earth advice his help free of charge. "I know it sounds corny, but I just love to be able to use my education and experience to help, simply to help. When a reader contacts me, it is a gift."