Courtroom Dress & Etiquette
Since all District Court proceedings are digitally recorded, courtrooms must be quiet. Everyone is asked to be quiet and respectful of those whose proceedings are being heard. There are no childcare facilities provided by the court. Children who become noisy will be required to stay in the hall outside the courtroom under adult supervision.
Appropriate dress includes professional attire such as suits, jackets, dresses or dress slacks. Casual clothing, such as sweat clothes, tank tops, shorts and other similar summer beach wear is not appropriate for the courtroom. All hats must be removed when entering the courtroom.
Smoking, food and beverages are not allowed in the courtroom. All pagers and cell phones must be turned off.
Specific Rules & Regulations
- 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 court reporter to hear - everything you say is being recorded.
- Cell Phone and Pager Etiquette - All cell phones and pagers must be turned off while court is in session.
- No Children - Please do not bring children to court. You may be asked to leave the courtroom if children are noisy or disruptive in any way. There are no child care facilities in the courthouse. If you have no choice but to bring a child, bring another adult to watch the child while you are in the courtroom.
- No Food, Beverages or Pets - Never 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.
- No Weapons - Never bring a gun, knife or other weapon into the courthouse. You may be searched before entering the courtroom and courthouse. If you are appearing on the domestic violence docket, you can expect to be searched.