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Court Etiquette

Proper Dress:
Please avoid wearing inappropriate clothing, such as, t-shirts; muscle shirts; tank tops and halter tops with swear words; depictions of violence or sexual acts; promotions of drug or alcohol use; shorts; cut-off jeans; baggy pants that fall below the hips; micro-mini skirts; pants with holes; and hats. (Except those worn for religious purposes)

Timeliness:
Be on time. If you are late, your case may be dismissed, and/or the other side may be allowed to present his/her case without you.

If you are running late, please call the scheduler for the Judge or Magistrate before whom the hearing is scheduled.

In the Courtroom:
Act professionally and courteously toward the Judge, Magistrate, other parties, and attorneys. If you are representing yourself, you are expected to be prepared and to present your case according to the rules of court.

If you are observing court proceedings or waiting for your case to be called, be respectful of the court; enter and exit the room quickly and quietly; eating and drinking are not permitted in the courtroom/hearing room. If you have any questions, please wait for the court to recess to talk to the bailiff or scheduler.