If any of you have had the wonderful pleasure of getting to go to court as a witness, here's a few things I've found helpful. When providing testimony of any sort (deposition, interrogatives, examination, cross examiniation), do not volunteer any information. Answer questions as briefly as possible. If the attorney does not find your answer complete enough, he will ask another question. If he doesn't ask about it, don't elaborate. Don't bring up details that aren't supported with evidence. Write every question down. Study it. Break it up into its parts, ask to have it repeated. Write your answer before you speak. Make sure it says exactly what you want it to say. This may seem at first to be excessive, but you will want a record of what was asked and what you said later, if for no other reason than to be able to get to sleep that night without going through the whole thing again in your head. Always, always remember that no attorney is on your side unless you're paying his bill, and even then it's questionable. No matter how nice they ask or how concerned they seem for your welfare, trust that they will look for every opportunity to discredit you and/or make you the guilty party if it is in their client's interest to do so. Do not act hostile, you will lose. Just always keep in mind what you're there for, and always remember to keep your interests ahead of anyone else's. If you don't know the answer or are not sure, say so. Don't make any absolute statements, but qualify everything you say (eg "As I recall" or "I think it might have been"). If pressed for details, direct them to any evidence in the record that might contain the facts. If there is no evidence to support your statements, then you will be uncomfortably grilled. Do not argue with an attorney during testimony. State the facts as you know them, refer to the evidence whenever possible, and if you are challenged, do not take it personally. If you don't understand something and the attorney is not making it clear, tell the judge. Don't try to reword the attorney's questions for him. Take as much time as you need to answer any questions. Do not open your mouth to say anything until you are fully prepared. This is not a timed event. I've taken two hours to answer a question and the only people who got upset were the people paying the attorney's bills. If you need to think about it, tell the attorney "Let me think about this...". He will wait for you. You will only get one chance to tell your story in court, so don't compromise. If you argue with a judge after he's told you to be quiet, you will spend a night in jail and/or pay a fine before you leave court. This happens more often than you would think. Attorneys are always paying court fines.