Courthouses are “conflict resolution” centers. They are where we go when we can’t agree. Courtrooms are where we tell our side of the story.
Courtrooms have people there who know what they’re doing. There’s a judge, a court reporter, a court clerk, lawyers, and sometimes a bailiff or deputy.
Courtrooms also host people who are unfamiliar with the room and are anxious about being there. There are litigants or “parties,” witnesses, and friendly or hostile onlookers.
Courtrooms are places where emotions bubble up, and sometimes erupt. The stakes are often high, so the emotions are, too. Anxiety, sadness, and anger live in courtrooms.
Courtrooms are full of unfamiliar rules. They are new to you, and are confusing. But they are intended to assure fairness.
Courtrooms are expensive. Trials and hearings are usually “the big event.” Accordingly, lawyers spend many hours preparing for them; and, with lawyers, of course, time is money. Your money.
Courtrooms mean you’ve lost control. You are no longer shaping the outcome of your case, your conflict. The judge will do that for you, and you’ll have to live with the decision he or she imposes.
Courtrooms are places you should try to avoid.