The courtroom is a place of order and structure. You should at all times act in a respectful manner when in the presence of the judge, court staff, attorneys, court officers or other persons attending court. Even after your case, or the case you have been attending, has been given a ruling you should continue to be respectful as you are dismissed and exit the room. Attempts to disrupt the court, at any time, could result in your being held in contempt. Individuals held in contempt of court may face jail time and/or a fine. Help us, to help you, avoid any unnecessary or additional appearances before a judge by being respectful. Respect Given = Respect Gained.
If you are appearing in or attending court proceedings you should dress appropriately and in a manner that shows respect for the court system, the judge, and other citizens around you.
Here are some things you should NOT wear:
Items not allowed in the COURTHOUSE or COURTROOMS:
The use of cell phones and other mobile devices may not be allowed in the courtroom. It is recommended that you call ahead to find out if these will be allowed in the courtroom. Your phone or device should be turned off or placed on silent mode before entering so that you do not disrupt the court. If you and your cell phone use are seen as a disruption to the court, you may be asked to leave. Failure to comply may result in being placed in contempt of court.
As professionals in the field of law and order, attorneys are often times the person whom clients will look to in order to obtain advice about proper conduct and dress in the courtroom. Reflecting a professional image both in front of and behind the spectator bar is imperative; and it speaks volumes about you and your client. Take a moment a read up on these articles we found to be useful.
American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct