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Courtroom Etiquette

How to Behave in Court

A real courtroom is NOT like a TV courtroom. When you handle your own case, you are expected to act professionally and courteously toward the judge, jury, other parties, and their attorneys. Be prepared, and present your case according to the rules.

  • If you are observing court proceedings or waiting for your case to be called, sit quietly and be respectful of the court proceedings.
  • Please enter and exit the courtroom quickly and quietly. Eating, drinking, and reading are not permitted while the court is in session.
  • Cell phones must be turned off and should remain silent while in the courtroom.
  • If you have questions, please wait for the courtroom to recess to ask the bailiff, court attendant, or court clerk.

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