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Court Trustee Page - Courtroom Etiquette

The Court’s goal is to provide superior customer service and to create a user-friendly atmosphere. In return, the Court expects all visitors to respect the Court and its staff. Below, are things you should know before you visit the Court:

  • It is important that visitors understand the appropriate dress code for the Court. This is a professional setting and you are encouraged to dress accordingly. Visitors should wear clean, fitted clothes. Shirts and shoes are required. Inappropriate attire such as muscle shirts, tank tops, halter tops, shirts with spaghetti straps, shirts that show your midriff, shorts, cut-off jeans, pants that fall below the hip, micro-mini skirts, pants with holes or flip-flop shoes will not be allowed in the courtroom. Hats must be taken off before entering the courtroom. Inappropriate dressed visitors will be asked to leave the courtroom immediately, which could result in the issuance of a failure to appear warrant.
  • All cell phones and pagers must be turned off before entering the courtrooms. Any cell phone or pager that sounds during an open court session may be confiscated by the Court and the visitor will be held in contempt of court. NO TOLERANCE!
  • It is also important to know that food and drinks are not allowed in the courtroom, this includes chewing gum.
  • Weapons are strictly prohibited from the building. All weapons will be confiscated and the violator will be appropriately charged.
  • Children are not allowed in the courtroom.
  • If you are standing in the hallway outside the courtroom, please conduct yourself in a quiet and orderly manner.
  • Everyone should stand when a judge enters or leaves a room.
  • There is no talking allowed in the courtroom during a court proceeding.
  • Always be respectful to the judge; address him or her as "your honor" or "judge."