Courtroom Standards

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While your case is proceeding through the court system, please observe the following standards:

  • Do not bring firearms of any kind into the courtroom.
  • Do not bring any other weapons into the courtroom, including explosives, swords, knives, utility blades, razor blades, pepper spray, mace or other dangerous or hazaardous material.
  • Do not bring food or beverages into the courtroom, except that water in a capped bottle is permitted. Do not chew gum in the courtroom.
  • Sit quietly in the courtroom whenever 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. 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 areas of government buildings. When you are free to leave the courtroom, you will find smoking areas available outside the court building.
  • Avoid bringing young children to court. If you must, please monitor their behavior so that they remain quiet at all times. Parents may be asked to leave the courtroom if their child becomes noisy or unruly.
  • Please wear suitable clothing to court. It is inappropriate to enter the court unless you are wearing a shirt and shoes. T-shirts that carry offensive slogans or pictures are not allowed. In addition, short shorts, cut off jeans, tube tops, bare midriffs, low cut shirts or any other excessively revealing attire is not appropriate. Hats and sunglasses must be removed before entering the courtroom.
  • Observe standards of courteous behavior in the lobby outside 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.