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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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