If you ever find yourself in court without a lawyer, great reading from the familylawlss.bc.ca website:

Here are some tips to help you get ready for court. They’ll also help you cope with the court process.

Do your research

Learn as much as you can about your issue and what to expect in court. This will help you feel more confident.

Here are two ideas for how to find out more about what will happen:

  • Read about past decisions (precedents) from cases that were similar to yours. This can help you understand what might happen with your case. It might even help you decide what to say in court. For example:
  • Watch a family law case in court so that you can:
    • see what happens, and
    • get an idea of the types of questions you and the other person will be asked.

Take care of yourself

If you don’t feel good, you’ll find it hard to concentrate in court.

Here are some ways to keep your body and mind healthy:

  • Get enough rest. This will help you to stay calm in court and to think clearly.
  • Exercise as much as you can. A walk in the fresh air is a good way to release tension and stress.
  • Find time to relax and do some of the things you enjoy. This will give you a break from thinking about going to court.
  • Eat a healthy diet. A healthy breakfast on the morning of your hearing or trial will help you keep your energy levels up and your mind focused.

Look for support and accept help

Here are some ways to find help before and during your trial:

  • Before the trial: Try to surround yourself with positive people who’ll comfort you, keep your spirits up, and help you feel normal while you prepare for your court date.