Benjamin Ambrosio has been a New York City police officer for over ten years. During his time on the force, he has testified many times in court as a witness to a crime. Having to get up on the stand and give your testimony in front of a judge, and possible jury can be intimidating. Here are some tips to help you if you are every called upon to be a witness.
Before you are set to testify, refresh your memory. Try to picture the scene, the objects at the scene, the distances and what exactly happened. This exercise will help you accurately recall more facts when you are asked a question.
Use your own words when you are testifying. Trying to memorize what you are going to say will only make your testimony sound rehearsed and unconvincing.
Dress properly for court. Your appearance will make an impression on the judge and jury. Dressing to flashy or appearing underdressed can cause the jury to become distracted by your appearance.
Speak clearly when answering questions. Speak slowly and loud enough for the juror furthest away from you to hear your testimony.
Listen carefully to the question you are being asked and think about your answer before you speak. If you don’t understand the question being asked, have it repeated.
Testifying in court can be nerve-racking, but rewarding experience. These tips can help you be an effective witness in court, like New York City police officer Benjamin Ambrosio.