Courtroom Etiquette

  • All electronic devices (including cell phones) must be powered off or placed in “silent” mode at all times within the Courtroom and Courtroom lobby.
  • No weapons are permitted in the Municipal Complex building.
  • Sit quietly in the courtroom whenever court is in session. The proceedings are being taped and background noise may interfere with the quality of the taped recording.
  • When addressing the Judge, stand a few feet back from the bench; do not lean on the bench
  • No food, drink or gum chewing is allowed in the courtroom.
  • Smoking is prohibited by law in all areas of government buildings. When you are free to leave the courtroom, you will find smoking areas available outside the building.
  • Avoid bringing small children to court. If you must, 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.
  • Please wear suitable clothing to court. It is inappropriate to enter the courtroom unless you are wearing a shirt and shoes. T-shirts that carry offensive slogans or pictures are not allowed.
  • Hats should be removed before entering the courtroom.