Preparing for Court

Court Etiquette

It is important that visitors understand the appropriate dress code for the Court. The Court is a place of business and while clothing need not be formal, it should be clean and in good repair.
  • Clothing with offensive slogans and pictures is not allowed. Shirt and shoes are required. You will be required to remove your hat before entering the courtroom.
  • All pagers and cell phones should be turned off before entering the courtroom.
  • While in the courtroom, sit quietly when court is in session. Do not chat or whisper with others.
  • When addressing the Judge, stand behind the podium. If called to the bench, do not lean on the judge’s bench.
  • Avoid bringing small children to court. If it is necessary to do so, 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. It is also important that children are quiet while waiting in the lobby.
  • It is also important to know that food, drink and all weapons are strictly prohibited from the building. Do not attempt to bring in any prohibited items. Leave these items at home or in your car.
  • People entering the courtroom must pass through a metal detector and may be subject to search. Purses, briefcases or other containers may also be subject to search. Weapons including, but not limited to, pocketknives, tools, mace or other personal protection devices are strictly prohibited within the courtroom.