Court Rules of Attire and Conduct
Rules of Attire
Unacceptable attire includes, but is not limited to:
- Shorts and cut-offs
- Muscle shirts
- Clothing with offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, obscene, or suggestive words, slogans, depictions, or pictures, including grotesque characters
- Clothing that is dirty, torn, or ragged
- Clothing that is too tight or too short
Rules of Conduct
- Be on time.
- Do not argue with the Court.
- Address the judge as Your Honor.
- Address opposing parties, counsel, witnesses, and court officials as Mr., Mrs., Miss, Officer, etc. Do not use first names except with children age 14 or younger.
- Do not read newspapers, magazines, books, etc., in the courtroom during proceedings.
- Do not talk at the same time as the judge, court officials, opposing counsel, or witnesses.
- Racist, sexist, obscene, or profane language and gestures are prohibited unless it is pertinent to a case, elicited, and quoted from facts in the case.
- Do not enter and disrupt the courtroom excessively.
- Do nothing to disturb or distract the court, counsels, witnesses, or other court officials.
- Children must not create a disturbance or they will be kept out of the courtroom.
- Do not approach the judge's bench without permission.
- Do not rest arms or hands on the bench.
- Rise when the judge enters and remain standing until the judge or bailiff announces to be seated or until the judge is seated.
- Rise when the judge exits the courtroom.
- No food or drinks are allowed in the courtroom.