Everyone makes mistakes; even those practiced and trained to avoid them. Lawyers are some of the best trained people in the world, but even they make mistakes too. Here are some of the funniest goof ups made by lawyers in a courtroom:
Attacking the Judge The relationship between judges and lawyers can be contentious at times. A good lawyer will want to act as the jury’s aide, helping them navigate this strange legal land they find themselves in. Even if the lawyer thinks the judge is less intelligent than his or her cat, respect must be paid. In many cases, if the judge feels belittled by a lawyer, the results can be disastrous. Imagine a judge shooting down every argument, objection, etc. a lawyer posits. Hilarious, but is also frustrating for the lawyers.
Wasting a Stranger’s Time Trial lawyers must remember to be thorough when examining the argument of a case, but also concise. Make the points you need to make, but don’t put the jury to sleep with tedious over- examination.
Forgetting that You’re not an Artist Lawyers are trained to paint a vivid picture of their argument in trial for the judge and the jury. This is a good way to win a case, but sometimes lawyers go overboard. Imagine listening to a lawyer explain all the sensory details of a lawsuit- the smell of the paper, the leather bound books… boring.
Ignoring Local Custom Receiving a slap on the wrist from the judge in a courtroom for examining a witness from the lectern instead of behind the counsel’s table might seem funny, but it is also a great way to lose credibility with the judge and jury.