The Courtroom Can Be A Very Intimidating Experience For Those When They First Enter

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The courtroom can be a very intimidating experience for those when they first enter. During my first visit to court I was confused on where to go and had many questions on what I could and could not do. When I asked around, nobody could give me an answer to those questions so I had to figure it out myself. I visited both the Greensboro and High Point Court Houses and even though they have differences in their organization in the court process could be improved. During the days I went to court in the morning I found that they read the docket out loud. When the defendant heard their name they would have to respond with “Guilty, No Guilty, or Guilty with An Explanation.” This process took a while, especially at High Point Court one Friday there were around 600 people on the docket that day. It took the attorney’s about an hour to read off the names of the people with some standing in the hallway. Other days when I went to court I found that reading the docket took time from the attorney’s meeting with their clients. At one time the judge had to go out to the courtroom beside the one I was in to get a defendant who had cases two different courtrooms. In Greensboro, during a trial when the defendant was giving her testimony, a woman was going around the courtroom getting people who were on the docket to sit in the front. While I thought the court would be silent and have all your attention on one specific thing that was going on their was a lot of movement with the woman trying

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