I’m putting this in Living in Taiwan rather than Legal Affairs because I don’t need a legal opinion, just a description from anyone who’s been through the experience.
I’ll be accompanying a client to a hearing tomorrow for small claims court – my client is the respondent/defendant/whatever. The opponent is Taiwanese and will presumably “know the ropes” rather well. I’ve never had anything to do with the Taiwanese legal system (despite the best efforts of Glossika et al last year!) so I’d like to know if anybody can give me some idea of what the process is like, and how it differs from Western proceedings…i.e., do they swear witnesses? do you get the ruling right away or is it mailed to you or something? and my client would probably like to know if it’s better to be really dry and factual in testimony or a little more expressive. (Fortunately I just follow what the client says, so I have little thinking to do on my own.)