Presenting a case before a court is a skill, and you must need knowledge and practice to learn this skill. To help you out in this regard, we have listed out 7 things that could help you while presenting a case before any court.
- Brief Facts :
The most important part of your case is the facts of the case and relevant laws. The litigator must make a brief facts of the case and for that he can highlight the important legal points from the draft. This would help the court to understand the issue immediately and for that the counsel need to Prepare himself for a quick introduction that must be covered in 1-2 mins only, this makes the court attentive.
2. Detailed overview :
Once the introductory statements of the case has given, then afterwards you can give detailed explanation of the case to the judge. This detailed overview must be consist of the detailed facts of the case as well relevant laws involved. The introductory statement makes the judge more vigilant. Do not make any confusion in your presentation and you must avoid contradictory statements. There should be clarity in each and every point.
3.Relevant and up to date Case laws :
Read law journals as much as you can. Relevant case laws help you much in the preparation of legal arguments as well as your backing for the arguments. It increases the level of confidence in young lawyers.
4. Know thy law, Know thy Judge
In order to present your case more effectively you must know the liking and disliking of the Judge you are presenting before. Although it is quoted that the lady of justice is blind however the judges are not. Some judges refer to the facts of the cases more while other judges look into the relevant laws and their application. Moreover, the behavior and mood of the Judge is also very important and must take into consideration while arguing before the court.
5. Avoid negativity
Don’t be disappointed whenever you lose the case. Be motivated and stay positive. Give you best. It is worth mentioning here that ” A lawyer doesn’t get what he deserves but he gets what his brief deserves. Always prepare your client for the worst. Discuss each and everything with her/him regarding the case.
Do not draft the hopeless case with fabrication and falsification. Avoid exaggeration and fabrication to make your case strong. Whether you are the person who filed the case (the “plaintiff”) or the defendant, you should reread the complaint. This is the document that the judge will have in front of him or her. The court will be looking for an explanation of all of the items noted in the complaint. Your first task is to prove or disprove if you are the defendant what was alleged in the complaint. Therefore, the litigant must refrain from doing such things.
7.Put your efforts
Hard work is the key to success. There was a time when great lawyers spent a lot of time reading and memorizing case laws. They would systematically spend some hours reading case laws and making notes in their notebooks. Then when a case came up, if they were lucky they would quickly find the relevant cases, in favor as well as against them. This was a very critical aspect of the practice. Those lawyers who did not memorize enough cases would find it very hard to compete with such lawyers, because how are you going to look for a case you do not know exist from volumes of SCMR and AIR.
Writer : Ramsha Iftekhar (Shariah and Law student)