Expect your first court hearing to be the beginning of a lengthy process involving multiple hearings and heaps of paperwork! When you know what to expect for it, your anxiety level will go down. It may not disappear, but it’ll decrease. So, for your own peace of mind, prepare yourself well for the first hearing and the rest will be so much easier. Here’s what you need to know before heading in.
For legal and ethical reasons, judges, court clerks, and other court staff go out of their way to be impartial. That’s because they can’t appear to be providing legal advice or favoring one party over the other. So, they seem standoffish or unhelpful. That’s their outward showing of impartiality. By law, it has to be that way. Don’t take it personally.