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Don’t get Court out

Written by: Alan Baker 28th June, 2023

Giving evidence in court can be a daunting experience for many people. The courtroom environment, with its formal setting, legal procedures, and the presence of judges, barristers, solicitors, and other participants, can create a sense of intimidation and anxiety. However, people’s experiences can vary widely based on their personal characteristics, the nature of the case, and their level of preparedness.

For individuals who are unfamiliar with the legal system or have never testified in court before, the prospect of being questioned by barristers or solicitors, cross-examined, or challenged on their statements can be particularly unsettling. The pressure of having to recall and present accurate information under oath can also contribute to the anxiety.

Additionally, the emotional aspects of the case itself, especially if it involves a traumatic event or personal loss, can heighten the stress and fear associated with testifying in court. Reliving distressing experiences and facing the accused or their legal representatives can be emotionally challenging for some individuals.

However, it is important to note that courts generally strive to create an atmosphere of fairness and impartiality. Judges often ensure that witnesses are treated respectfully and are given appropriate support, such as allowing breaks or providing accommodations for vulnerable witnesses, including children or individuals with special needs.

Many jurisdictions also offer witness support programs or provide the option for witnesses to have a support person present during their testimony. These measures aim to alleviate some of the fears and uncertainties associated with giving evidence in court.

Overall, while giving evidence in court can be a nerve-wracking experience, the level of fear or anxiety can vary from person to person. It is important to remember that the legal system is designed to ensure a fair process, and support systems are often in place to assist witnesses throughout the proceedings.


We spoke to Bericon’s Alan Baker, and he provided his top tips to ensure that court is a little less stressful:

– Confirm the time and location of the trial.

– Confirm if it is a fixed or “floating” trial.

– Retrieve & read case file the day before

– Check the journey time or train times.

– Check for parking close by.

– At court, register your arrival with the court usher.

– Make yourself known to the legal representative.

– Take water (unopened!) & something to read, if the trial is delayed.