Courtroom standards

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Courtroom standards

  • No firearms or any other weapons are permitted. This includes explosives, swords, knives, utility blades, razor blades, pepper spray, mace or other dangerous or hazaardous material.        
  • Do not bring food or beverages except water in a capped bottle. Do not chew gum.
  • Sit quietly when court is in session. The proceedings are being recorded and background noise may interfere with the quality of the recording.
  • Reading newspapers in the courtroom is not allowed.
  • When addressing the judge, stand a few feet back from the bench, and do not lean on the bench. Do not approach the bench without permission of the judge.
  • Pagers and cell phones should be turned off in the courtroom.
  • Smoking is prohibited by law in all government buildings. There are smoking areas outside the court building.
  • Avoid bringing young children to court. If you must, please monitor their behavior so they remain quiet. Parents may be asked to leave the courtroom with unruly children.
  • Please dress appropriately. This means wearing shirt and shoes. T-shirts that carry offensive slogans or pictures are not allowed.  Also not permitted are short shorts, cut off jeans, tube tops, bare midriffs, low cut shirts or any other excessively revealing attire. Hats and sunglasses must be removed before entering the courtroom.
  • Ensure that you have made provisions in advance for the care of your children if there is a possibility that you could be booked into jail immediately after a court proceeding.