The success of a lawyer in a lawsuit can be attributed to vast experience. But there are certain practical courtroom strategies that you can implement to effectively win the admiration of the judge and the client. Even if you are representing a client for the first time, the first impression is vital to win you over. The trick lies in thorough preparedness, and not impressive portfolios.
Outwork the prosecution team
When you are in the defense team for a lawsuit, the prosecution is likely to hit you hard with facts, laws and regulations of the state. Outdo them by doing an in depth study of the legal framework surrounding the case. Do an independent investigation in to the matter as you interview your client. Get as much details as possible. In fact, some lawyers get to the point of forcing the prosecution to surrender information. The basic point is to study the facts provided by police and witnesses. Then refer to the constitution and otherlegislation. By carefully sifting all details, you stumble upon an idea, lead or fact that the opponent didn’t see and that you will exploit fully for your advantage.
Be ready for surprises
It is not uncommon for defense witnesses to change their stands once trial begins. This eventuality from your defense witness can greatly throw you off balance. Being ready means developing alternative strategies should plan A go wrong. In the eyes of the judge, you will look more knowledgeable. This is where experience comes in. Winning courtroom strategies will be best captured by how strong your ethical and moral background is. In this regard, thoroughly prepare as many witnesses as possible. But, do not bribe them.
Use humorous statements
Using good humor assigns you a leadership role. Leadership is essential in controlling the direction of the case your way. As the courtroom is usually full of tension and seriousness, getting people to laugh will endear you not only to members of the public and the court officials, but also to the judge. Having succeeded in breaking the tension, they will listen keenly to what you say next. After warming their hearts, capitalize on the newly acquired confidence and leadership to pursue the case. Any further aggravation of tension will only put them off. In fact, they will see you as boring, inhuman, emotionless and even hostile.
Look out for nonverbal cues
A way of exploiting an error by your opponent’s witnesses is by pinning them down. If you note any confusion or delay in answering or confusion, that could be a sign of weakness on their part. Point it out and even offer to assist them. Similarly, when the judge is fixated on you as you speak, it could be a sign that he likes what you are saying. Give him an equally authoritative look. You can read the mind of your opponents and that of the judge. Establish and maintain eye contact. Additionally, watch out for gestures, facial expressions and body movements. They can speak volumes of whether or not the witness is telling the truth.
Finally, observe simple court room strategies like being courteous as you speak. The judge will not like an impolite and domineering personality. Address him honorably and ensure you use polite words like excuse me’ and thank you’.