If you’re facing a date in court as an attorney, there’s no doubt the occasion can be stressful. Regardless of why you’re there, the atmosphere, the potential legal battle and the uncertain outcome can all create pressure, but if you’ve got a client who is overly anxious, the entire situation can become a powder keg. If you’re a lawyer dealing with a client who is having a hard time handling stress in the courtroom, here are five ways to help relieve the pressure:
1. Prescribed Medication
If your client is exceptionally stressed, you may want to consider having them visit a physician for help. A physician can prescribe anti-anxiety medications that can be taken for short periods of time in order to help your client remain stress-free in court while still remaining lucid and competent.
Meridian Field Tapping
Meridian field tapping involves activity that relies upon the body’s pressure points to relieve stress and anxiety. Using a learned set of emotional freedom techniques, the client can press or tap on specific pressure points on the body along the various meridians that divide the limbs and core. For instance, collar bone and wrist areas are two easy points to access for tapping. Using this method, clients are able to discreetly control stress and anxiety in a courtroom environment and avoid the excess awkwardness of being noticed.
As a legal professional, you need to reassure your client at all stages of the legal process, especially in the courtroom. During the courtroom process, simply leaning over and speaking to your client or writing small notes can help to ease stress and anxiety. Before each day in court, you should also spend a few minutes briefing your client on your strategy for the day.
As with reassurance, offering information along the way can help a client to remain calm in court. Perhaps you’ve found out some news that may be beneficial to your client’s case, or perhaps you’ve learned of a new lead in your own investigation. Regardless, your client needs to be informed of all breaking developments in order to know and understand what to expect.
Finally, inviting family and friends to court can be a huge help in keeping your client calm. When family members and friends are in the courtroom with your client, it can be a huge boost to their self-esteem and hope. Even if these individuals are not able to have direct contact with the client due to legal restrictions, just knowing that they are there can be a big help.
Remember, your job as an attorney is to not only represent your client’s interests, but also to treat them ethically and with dignity. In doing so, you must consider their feelings and behavior in court. A stressed client may lead to outbursts, jittery behavior and more, and these incidents may jeopardize your case. As an attorney, it is your responsibility to know your client’s stress points as well as how they may react to certain circumstances, and you’ll need to know how to keep their focus cool.
Ann Bailey, a former journalist, currently contributes research articles for the various health and business concerns including the meridian energy field process taught by The Tapping Solution, an online public resource. The ancient Chinese processes developed into emotional freedom techniques offer alternative methods of relief from stress and anxiety as well as other physical and emotional pains.