Behavior and Expectations During a Hearing
A hearing with an appeals board does not take place in a municipal or superior court, but the proceedings are very similar. The person facilitating the hearing may be a retired judge and the decisions made are final. You and your witnesses will be sworn in and expected to tell the truth. Let the judge or mediator set the pace for the proceeding. Speak only when spoken to, or ask for permission if you have something to say. Instead of a court recorder present to transcribe the session, it may be recorded. The dress code is one of professionalism and respect. So that you can speak clearly and be easily understood, do not chew gum. It is appropriate to address the judge as “Your Honor” whether the judge is one who is currently practicing or retired. Any behavior you feel is appropriate in a courtroom should also be displayed at a hearing.