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Basic Rules of Court Conduct
When Appearing In Court
  • Be on time for court
  • Throw away any food or drinks before entering the courtroom
  • Stand when the Judge enters and leaves the courtroom
  • Stand when you are speaking to the Judge
  • Speak clearly when you respond to the Judge’s questions
  • Always address the Judge as “Your Honor”
  • Never interrupt the Judge or other court personnel. If you are unsure of what you heard, wait until the Judge or other personnel has finished speaking before asking a question.
  • Enter and leave the courtroom quietly as to not disturb others.
  • Only approach the bench when instructed to do so.

Respect

The courtroom is a place of order and structure.  You should at all times act in a respectful manner when in the presence of the judge, court staff, solicitor, attorneys, probation officers, court officers and other persons attending court.  Once the court has made a ruling in your case, continue to be respectful as you exit the courtroom and deal with any court personnel.  Attempts to disrupt the court before or after the judge has made a ruling may result in contempt of court charges, fines, and possibly jail time.


Dressing for Court

If you are appearing in court you should dress nicely and in a manner that shows respect for the court.  Below are examples of things that you should not wear in court:

  • Sunglasses

  • Any clothing depicting violence, sexual acts, profanity, or illegal drugs

  • Tube or halter tops/plunging necklines/midriffs

  • Ripped or torn jeans

  • Mini skirts or short shorts

  • Baggy pants that fall below the waist

  • Muscle shirts (usually worn as undergarments)

 

If you are not dressed properly, you will be asked to leave the courtroom and return at a later time or date.  This will delay your hearing and require you to appear in court more than once.


Security Precautions and Prohibited Items

Security Precautions:

Before entering the court you will go through a security checkpoint.  In most cases, you will be asked to walk through a metal detector or an officer will use a wand to check for prohibited items.  You should allow the officer to search any bags, packages, or personal belongings that will be taken into the courtroom.  If you refuse to cooperate, you may be denied entry to your hearing.


Prohibited Items:

Items that should not enter the Municipal Court Building:

  • Weapons of any kind

  • Electronic equipment such as video, video recorders, cameras, cell phones, laptops, etc…(unless approved by the court)
  • Food and beverages

Children in the Courtroom

Please do not bring children to court unless the court has ordered them to be present.  Many topics discussed in the courtroom are not appropriate for children and may be hurtful or confusing.  Please make arrangements for your children while you are in court.