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How to Prepare a Statement for Court

February 5th, 2011

court-legal-statement.jpgBeing involved in a court case requires a person to think carefully and go through the trial trying to ensure that justice prevails. A plaintiff may be required to prepare an official statement that will be presented to the judge regarding the case. However, many people are unaware of what a statement for the judge should be and what should be included. This leads to mistakes and sometimes the loss of a case that should have been easily won. Knowing how to prepare a statement for the court can make a big difference in your case.

Present your own point of view. In many cases, this is your best option. After all, you know your own story better than anyone else. However, in some cases, it can be more beneficial to present your statement from someone else’s viewpoint. Telling the story from another viewpoint can give a more objective sense to your statement.

State the facts. Take care to only state facts. Leave your opinion out of the matter. You must use implicit arguments. This means that you do not want to tell the judge how he or she should feel. Present your case with facts that show your perspective and your desired outcome. Stick to the hard facts as you know them. Remember that the other side will be able to rebut what you say, so do not create false statements.

Use appropriate grammar and structure in your statement. You can run your statement through spelling and grammar checkers initially, but ultimately it is best to have someone you know who is familiar with English grammar proofread your statement as well. Choose specific ways in which you address each person involved and stick to it. The most important thing is to be consistent in whatever you choose to call a person in your statement.

Detail facts that are the most important to your case. Placing emphasis on those facts will help the judge to remember them during the trial. Those facts that are simply mentioned and not detailed are more likely to be forgotten.

Phrase any arguments against the other party carefully. You do not want to damage your case by seeming too argumentative. Allow your attorney to do most of the work for you. Only include those arguments that are absolutely necessary to your statement. Your attorney will address the rest.

State your case in the simplest terms. Organize the facts so they flow well and do not use too many fancy words. Keep things simple. Your statement should be easy to read and follow. It is not necessary to use professional terms or complicated legalese.

This article on preparing a statement for court was supplied by Kim Finnigan from Constant Content.

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