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What to Expect When You Go to Court

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What to Expect When You Go to Court

Going to court involves a lot of rules. While many of them may appear archaic or pointless, they should be taken seriously. There are certain protocols that all members of the public must adhere to, as there are consequences in failing to do so that may include fines or incarceration. The following is a basic list of points on what you should expect when attending court.

You Can Represent Yourself, But It’s Not Recommended

You have the right to represent yourself in any of Queensland’s courts as a ‘self-represented litigant.’ However, there are significant downsides, including not knowing processes, which documents to file, or the legal intricacies of your case. We recommend that you seek initial legal counsel to help you decide whether representing yourself is a wise decision.

A Courtroom is a Formal Setting

When you arrive at court it is expected that you will be on time and well presented. You don’t have to wear a suit, but you should have tidy clothing that is well laundered. Additionally, don’t chew gum or eat food while in the courtroom, and pay close attention when anyone is talking to you. When the judge speaks to you, you should stand and address them as “your honour.”

All of this is important because if you should, for example, miss your allocated start time, the judge may issue a warrant for your arrest.

Arriving at Court

The courthouse can be a busy place, but there are plenty of people available to help you out, and noticeboards and television screens to point you in the right direction. If you aren’t sure of anything, speak to a member of staff rather than making an assumption that could put you on a negative footing. As a guideline –

If you are attending the Magistrates Court, you should wait outside the courtroom and you will be called.

If it’s the District Court, ask the bailiff when the judge will be ready to hear your case.

In the Supreme Court, you should go into the courtroom and wait. Ask the bailiff for approximate times.

In all instances, your lawyer is there to guide you through the process. They will meet with you, answer any of your questions and make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

If you are attending court and would like some advice, please reach out to us HERE, or call us directly.

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How to Hire a Family Lawyer

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Family disputes can be incredibly strenuous, and cost far more than money. Memories, relationships and emotions can all fall victim when families are torn apart and choosing the right family lawyer is an important decision for multiple reasons.

Firstly, it’s important you find a lawyer that you can talk to openly. Because this is your personal life, rather than a workplace dispute, deeply personal circumstances can come to the surface, and your lawyer will not want any surprises, so find someone you can trust.

Secondly, it’s important to find someone who has experience in your type of case. No family law scenario is “black-and-white,” so ask about your lawyer’s experience, how he or she sees your chances and what approach they will take.

Here are some other points to consider when hiring a family lawyer.

  1. Support

One of the most valuable and understated advantages of having a lawyer is the emotional support they can provide. As a confidant outside of your core group of family and friends, they can be relied upon to tell you the truth, and reduce the level of uncertainty.

Make sure you are comfortable talking to your family lawyer and that you consider them to be someone you can rely on for more than just legal advice.

  1. Management

A good family lawyer will gain an appreciation of the intricacies of the case. This means learning about what everyone wants, and why certain family members feel the way they do. In such an emotionally charged environment, a calm voice acting as an intermediary can reduce the stakes exponentially. Meaning, that the disagreement you end up having could have a much lower financial impact than you originally thought.

A capable family lawyer will work to understand the entire case and resolve certain issues in an elegant and mutually beneficial way. Take the time to learn your lawyer’s approach and talk about how you can resolve some problems early in the process.

  1. Mediator

Often in family legal disputes, there are multiple parties on either side.This could mean immediate family, step-siblings, spouses or close friends. Each of these people have their own agenda, most likely with the best of intentions, but sometimes at odds with others. A lack of consensus across a diverse group of complainants can lead to additional costs and time and jeopardise the case. A crucial role of your family lawyer is sitting down with everyone, explaining the situation clearly from a legal standpoint, and acting as a mediator between the various parties. This may mean helping members of your family find a middle ground, suggesting that a certain person’s involvement is not useful, or explaining the realities of the case for any family members who don’t understand the ramifications of certain actions.

If your side is acting in unison, because they understand not only what they want, but also how they are pursuing it, the chances of success are much higher.

Consider how well your lawyer will relate to various family members and other interested parties. Ask about their experience in this area, and even bring them in on some of the challenges.