Court Etiquette & Standards of Conduct

  • It is important that visitors understand the appropriate dress code for the Court. The Court is a place of business and while clothing need not be formal, it should be clean and in good repair. Clothing with offensive slogans and pictures is not allowed. Shirt and shoes are required. Please take your hat off before entering any courtroom.
  • All pagers and cell phones should be turned off before entering the courtroom.
  • While in the courtroom, sit quietly when court is in session. Do not chat or whisper with others. Court proceedings are being recorded and background conversation can interfere with the audibility of this important record.
  • When addressing the Judge, stand a few feet back from the bench. Do not lean on the Judge's bench.
  • Avoid bringing small children to court. If it is necessary to do so, please monitor their behavior so that they remain quiet at all times. Parents may be asked to leave the courtroom if their child becomes noisy or unruly. It is also important that children are quiet while waiting in the lobby. The office staff conducts business at the counter and on the phones and excessive noise in the lobby interferes with their ability to provide service to others.
  • It is also important to know that food, drink and all weapons are strictly prohibited from the building. Do not attempt to bring in any prohibited items. The Court will not store prohibited items in the lobby for pick-up. Leave these items at home or in your car.
  • The Court also asks that you be patient as it can sometimes be very busy. Checking in at the counter and waiting in the area you are directed to will ensure that you will be helped in a timely manner.
People entering the courthouse must pass through a metal detector and may be subject to search. Purses, briefcases or other containers will be required to pass through an X-ray machine and may also be subject to search. Weapons including, but not limited to, pocketknives, tools, mace or other personal protection devices are strictly prohibited within the courthouse facility.