Interviewer: Does your client have to accompany you to court? Can the attorney appear without them?
Dale: Yes, the client should accompany me. However, I try to keep the intrusion to a minimum. If I know a client has a three-hour drive to court, I will request that the court excuse that client from the first pretrial. Many times this will be granted because we are still examining preliminary matters. I have clients from out of town who only have to make one court appearance instead of several. I think it is imperative to minimize the client’s anxiety. By attending to all the details for them, we are ready to proceed by the time of their first appearance.
By Dale Naticchia