Most probably, this would seem like a no-brainer and an obvious thing for any Lawyer to do even before entering the Courtroom, but it’s NOT. I’ve seen far too many instances where a Lawyer appearing before a Court, is shockingly not really prepared with his case that well. He is busy flipping pages back and forth, often referring back to the index again and again in order to ascertain the pages of relevant documents. When you think he finally has a grip on things, the moment a new query comes his way, the vicious cycle of flipping pages repeats itself…AGAIN.
You know what the Judge is really thinking at that particular point of time?
“You had one job!”
I don’t think I need to make it more obvious, but this situation really creates a bad impression about that Lawyer. The Judge probably thinks that either the Lawyer is not interested in pursuing the case hence the lack of preparation, or maybe he is just not a good Lawyer to begin with. That, I can say, is the most damaging thing for a Lawyer and his career. Continue reading