Courtroom Etiquette

Prohibited in the Courtrooms


  • Children Making Noise
  • Electronic equipment (unless approved by the court)
  • Food, Beverages, Chewing Gum, Tobacco
  • Inappropriate attire, such as:
    • Baggy Pants That Fall Below the Hips
    • Cut-Off Jeans
    • Halter Tops
    • Hats (Except Those Worn for Religious Purposes)
    • Micro-Mini Skirts
    • Muscle Shirts
    • Pants With Holes
    • Shorts
    • T-Shirts With Swear Words, Depicting Violence or Sexual Acts, Promoting Drug or Alcohol Use
    • Tank Tops
  • Newspapers
  • Weapons of any sort
 

Silence


Court proceedings must be electronically recorded. Therefore, silence is a necessity, unless you are a party to the proceeding that is in progress. Disruptive behavior such as talking, laughing, shouting or creating other loud disturbances will not be tolerated. The security staff may remove offenders from the building and the judges may hold violators in contempt of court. Mild-toned conversations may be conducted in the lobbies, hallways and conference rooms. We strongly discourage bringing young children to court.


Cell Phones & Pagers


Cell phones and pagers must be placed in the silent mode, unless otherwise instructed at entry to the courthouse. Use of cell phones and pagers are not allowed in the courtrooms or hearing rooms. Use of cell phones and pagers in other areas of the courthouse is permitted, however users should exercise discretion in their conversations being held in the public environment.

Respect


Be respectful of the judge or hearing official, the court staff, attorneys and litigants. Maintain a respectful attitude at all times in the court building and the courtrooms.