PreTrial/Hearing Work & Preparation
Once a trial or hearing on your matter is set, a lot of preparation time is needed. Evidence must be marshaled, witnesses need to be subpoenaed and interviewed, and you will need to prepare yourself for direct examination and cross-examination by the other party or his attorney. We will also want to meet with you in advance to prepare you for your own trial or hearing.
Many clients are apprehensive about going to trial, but what is important is to be organized and prepared. We are here to help you understand the entire process and deal with the intricacies of pre-trial and trial procedure.
Trial & Hearing Process
Sometimes, the judge will bring the attorneys into chambers to discuss the case and discuss whether a resolution can be reached. If no resolution is reached between the parties, it will be necessary to present your case. Depending on who is the party seeking relief, you may have to put on your case first or second.
You will be given the opportunity to present your witnesses and ask them questions, submit documents you want considered, and ask questions of the other party. Once all parties have put on their case, the matter is submitted to the judge or, if any party has asked for a jury trial (not usually applicable in family law cases), to the jury.