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Courtroom Rules

It is important to remember that appearance and conduct are important when coming to Court.  All persons present in the Courtroom shall be clean, neat and dressed in an appropriate manner and conduct themselves in a respectful manner reflecting dignity and respect for the Court. 

 

Clothing:

The following information should serve as a guide on the clothing that is considered inappropriate or unacceptable for court. 

  • Shorts (all types)
  • Hats (excluding religious headwear)
  • Muscle Shirts or Tank Tops
  • Any item of clothing that displays offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, gang related, obscene language and/or graphics
  • Provacative or revealing clothing

Arriving on Time:

 

It is very important to be on time for your Court appearance. You must be present in the courtroom when the docket is called. If you fail to answer as "present" when your name is called, a warrant for your arrest will be issued.

 

If you are a witness on a case, your presence is necessary for a trial to go forward. If a witness is not present in the courtroom, the case is subject to dismissal or reschedule.

 

Cell Phones:

All cellular phones, messaging devices and pagers must be turned off or placed on the vibrate mode while in the courtroom.

 

Computers:

All personal computers and/or tablets must be turned off while in the courtroom.

 

Courtroom Conduct:

Common courtesy and politeness are safe guides as to proper courtroom conduct. There should be no talking in the courtroom unless instructed to do so by a court official. No food or drinks allowed in the courtroom.