If you have been ordered to appear in court, this link will provide important information that will assist you before your appearance. This information does not constitute legal advice. If you require legal assistance, please consult an attorney.
When Appearing in Court
Dressing for Court
If you are appearing in court you should dress nicely and in a manner that shows respect for the Court. Here are some things you should NOT wear:
If you are not dressed properly, you will be asked to leave the court and return at a later date. This will delay your hearing and require you to appear in court more than once.
Items that should NOT enter the courthouse:
Children in the Courtroom
Please do not bring small children to court unless the court has ordered them to be present. Many topics discussed in the courtroom are inappropriate for children and may be hurtful or confusing. Please arrange for a friend or relative to watch your child(ren) while you are in court.
Cell Phones and Pagers
The use of cell phones or pagers is not allowed in the courtroom. Your cell phone or pager must be turned off before entering so that you do not disrupt the court. If you are required to carry a phone or pager for business purposes, it must be placed on silent mode.
Before entering the court you may go through a security checkpoint. In most cases, you will be asked to walk through a metal detector or an officer will use a wand to check for prohibited items. You should allow the officer to search any bags, packages or personal belongings that will be taken into the courtroom. If you refuse to cooperate, you may be denied entry to your hearing.
The courtroom is a place of order and structure. You should at all times act in a respectful manner when in the presence of the judge, court staff, attorneys, court officers and other persons attending court. Once the court has made a ruling in your case, continue to be respectful as you exit the courtroom. Attempts to disrupt the court once the judge has made a ruling may result in jail time.