35. How should I talk to the judge in my case?

You should speak to the judge respectfully and formally. Call the judge “Your Honor” and answer the judge’s questions directly and honestly. Stay calm, even if you are frustrated, and always try to look the judge in the eyes. Even if you are frustrated by the State’s attorney, you must always address your answers to the judge, and never to the other attorney. Remember to stand any time the judge comes into the room, as well as any other time that you are asked to speak.