Courtroom Conduct

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Courtroom Conduct 

No Food, Beverages, Cell Phones, Beepers or Pets 
Do not bring anything to eat or drink into the courtroom. The only animals allowed in the courtroom are those which assist people who are physically challenged. You must turn off any device which could disturb court proceedings. 

No Weapons. 
Never bring a gun, knife or other weapon into the courthouse. A security officer will search you before entering the courtroom.

Children 
Please do not bring children to court. You may be asked to leave the courtroom if a child is disrupting court. The Municipal Court has no child care facilities. If you have no choice but to bring a child or children, then bring another adult to watch the child while you are in the courtroom. The proceedings are audio-taped, and any extraneous noise can disrupt the recording. 

Be Respectful 
You must be quiet in the courtroom when observing. Never use profanity. Always be polite when speaking. Speak clearly and loudly enough for the recording to pick up what you are saying. All persons shall refrain from any gestures and from conduct or behavior which manifest disrespect for the court, counsel, litigants, witnesses, court staff, law enforcement personnel, or other persons. 

Dress code 
The following dress code shall apply when the court is in session: 

  • All persons in the courtroom, except those required to be there because of arrest or court order, must be attired in a manner appropriate to the dignity and decorum of the courtroom setting. 
  • Men must wear shirts, trousers, and shoes. Women must wear shoes, and either dresses, skirts and tops, or pants and tops.
  • Neither men nor women may wear the following in the courtroom: shorts, bathing suits, halter tops, tank tops, sweats, hats, torn clothing, dirty clothing, or other clothing with obscene or profane pictures or messages.