The judge or master or conference officer is likely going to be making a decision that will directly and significantly impact your life. It is appropriate and expected that you would be respectful of that person. For a judge, it is appropriate to use the phrase “Your Honor” when addressing him or her. For other fact finders, yes sir/no sir is appropriate. Particularly in family law cases, it is usual and expected that your emotions might be heightened. Even though it is understandable on a personal level, try to keep any anger or frustration in check. It is important that the judge view you as a polite, respectful and even-tempered person. This includes your attitude towards the other party. When you are respectful of the court, the court will likely respect you and will be more willing to thoughtfully consider your requests.
Written by Elizabeth A. Bokermann, Esquire, associate attorney at the Law Offices of Linda A. Kerns, LLC.