Going to Court
Tips for the Court Hearing
- Reread all the documents that you or the other party filed with the clerk/administrator before you go. Bring a copy with you. The judge and the other parties (or their lawyers) will have copies.
- Wear appropriate clothes. There is no dress code for the public at court, but you should avoid jeans, t-shirts, hats, revealing clothes and flashy jewelry.
- Be early. Arrive about 15 minutes before court starts.
- Ask where to sit. When you arrive at the Court, ask a Sheriff’s officer which Court room you will be in. They can direct you to the proper table to sit at in the room.
- Stand up when the judge enters the court room. Remain standing until the judge sits down. Stand when you speak.
- Speak clearly and loud enough for the judge to hear you.
- Be respectful to the judge. When the judge speaks to you, always address the judge as “Mr. Justice” or “Madam Justice”.
- Do not interrupt the judge or anyone else when they are speaking. Do not sigh loudly or shrug your shoulders in disbelief. If you disagree with someone, make a note. You can bring it up when it is your turn to speak.
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