You should be polite when in the courtroom and when addressing the judge. It is likely the judge will ask you some questions. The judge may be either a District Judge or a Deputy District Judge. A District Judge will sit full time; a Deputy will sit a couple of days a week and probably be working as a lawyer for the rest of the time.

You can call a male District Judge ‘Sir’, and a female Deputy District Judge ‘Madam’. You shouldn’t try to interrupt or argue with the judge; there is a process they are following and you should let them do their job. If you have provided all of the relevant evidence and have a strong argument, you will have made your best case and there is nothing more you are able to do on the day. Staying polite and observing court etiquette will only help your case.

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