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Courtroom Standards

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

  • No weapons allowed in the Court building.
  • Please 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 record.
  • Answering cell phones in the courtroom is not allowed. Turn off all phones and pagers.
  • When addressing the Hearing Officer or Judge, stand a few feet back from the bench. Do not lean on the bench.
  • No food or drink is allowed 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 small 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 a 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. Hats should be removed before entering a courtroom.
  • Under some circumstances, a defendant may be booked into jail immediately after a court appearance. In such cases, provision should be made in advance for care of children.