One of the most important steps you can take when preparing to go to court is preparing your “evidence.” Evidence is information a party can present in court to prove their case.
Evidence can be in 2 main forms:
1. Witness testimony (people):
- The party involved in the lawsuit;
- Other people who have direct and relevant information about the case;
- People who keep relevant records; or
- Experts qualified to given an opinion about some aspect of the case.
Usually, any witnesses must be present in court for the hearing or trial.
2. Exhibits (things):
- Documents or objects used to prove your case (or disprove the other side’s);
- Photographs; or
- Records: police records, medical records, bills, appraisals, school records, financial statements, etc.
To prepare your evidence:
The following guidelines should always be followed in court: