In the introductory chapter, the author defines his purpose in authoring this text as two-fold. His first objective is to assist the psychiatrist-reader to become more knowledgeable about the setting, assumptions, personnel, issues, and techniques of the court experience. Dr. Gutheil’s second objective is to demystify the court experience, thereby reducing the stress and anxiety that often accompany it. In a clear, succinct, and entertaining style, he introduces the "players": the fact-finder (judge or jury); the parties (plaintiff and defendant); their attorneys; court personnel (clerk, bailiff, stenographer); and, sometimes, the guardian ad litem. He describes the roles of these players and the relationship of the psychiatrist in various potential roles to them. Insight governing courtroom etiquette and an introduction to the Socratic method assist in the demystification of the legal process.