Court Appearance, Dress Code, and Conduct

Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled court time. Please note, children are not allowed in the courtroom so please make childcare arrangements prior to your court date.

Dress Code

All persons present in the courtroom shall be clean, neat, and dressed in a manner that shows dignity and respect for the court.

Unacceptable dress code includes:

  • Flip-flops
  • Hats
  • Muscle shirts, T-shirts, or other clothing with offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, obscene, or suggestive words, slogans, depictions, or pictures, that are dirty, torn and ragged
  • Provocative clothing designed or styled, or worn to provoke emotion, disruption, or distraction
  • Shorts or cutoffs

Conduct

  • PRO SE parties (non-attorneys representing themselves) should be prepared to present their cases in a proper manner. It is not the Court's duty, nor the responsibility to protect or represent you, nor instruct you on court procedure, evidence, rules, or how to present and prove your case.
  • No electronic devices.
  • Be on time as cases will be called at their designated times.
  • Do not argue with the Court.
  • Address the Court as "judge," "your honor," or "sir."
  • Do not lean on the judge's bench.
  • Do not read newspapers, magazines, periodicals, books, etc. in the courtroom.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the courtroom.
  • Do not talk at the same time as the Court. Courtroom visitors should not engage in excessive, loud talk or conversation.
  • Racist, sexist, obscene, or profane language or gestures are prohibited unless it is pertinent to a case, and is elicited and quoting from the facts in the case.
  • Do not enter and depart the courtroom excessively.
  • Do not disrupt or distract the Court, counsels, or other Court personnel.
  • All cell phones and pagers are to be turned off.

Juveniles

  • A juvenile is a person between 10 and 16 years of age.
  • The parent or guardian must come in person with the juvenile to set a court date.
  • Juveniles must appear in court with a parent or guardian.

Minors

  • A minor is a person under the age of 21 years.
  • If you are a minor between the ages of 17 and 20 and have been charged with an alcohol or tobacco related offense, you must appear at the court by the appearance date on your citation and request a court date.