Proper Courtroom Conduct

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There is a level of dignity that you are expected to adhere to in the court room. In order to show respect, dignify the court and facilitate justice, these are common court rules:

All parties should arrive on time to court proceedings.

Wear clothes that are modest, clean and which fit you well. Clothes don’t have to be new but they should demonstrate that you understand that this is a serious occasion. Take off your hat in the courtroom.

Turn all electronic devices off or at least turn them on silent.

Do not chew gum, suck on candy or bring food or drink.

When the Judge enters the courtroom you must stand and remain standing until the Judge says you may be seated.

When the Judge leaves the courtroom remain standing until he/she is out of the courtroom.

No one may talk while the Judge is on the bench unless directed to do so by the Judge or by court personnel.

Address the Judge as “Judge” or “His or Her Honor”/”Your Honor”, or “Yes Sir/Ma’am” or “No Sir/Ma’am” during proceedings.

Offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist or obscene language is prohibited.

The court discourages bringing small children to court appearances; however, should they appear, they must remain under constant parental supervision. If they become disruptive take them out of the room.

Persons shall remain seated in the courtroom unless the Judge is taking or leaving the bench.

No one shall approach the bench unless directed to do so by the Judge or having received the Judge’s permission to approach the bench. Persons will not lean on the counter in front of the Judge’s bench.

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