How do I prepare for a family law trial?Updated September 1

4. Learn about trials

Trials are usually open to the public. This means there may be other people in the courtroom when your trial is going on.

Your trial begins with a person in the courtroom, called a clerk, calling the court to order. This means the judge is ready to hear your case.

There are several steps in a family court trial. For example,

  • each makes an
  • each party presents their evidence by using witnesses and documents
  • each party makes a
  • the judge makes a decision

You need to prepare the questions you want to ask your witnesses and your partner's witnesses. If you plan to give evidence as a , you should prepare what you will testify, and get ready to be cross-examined by your partner.

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