General Information

Basic Courtroom Etiquette

  • Wear clothing that would be appropriate for business
  • Arrive on time
  • Don't bring food or beverages into the Courtroom
  • Don't bring audio or video recording devices into the Courtroom
  • Turn off electronic devices and cell phones before entering the Courtroom
  • Be polite to the judge, opposing counsel, and court staff
  • Rise when the judge and jury enter and leave the courtroom
  • Stand when speaking to the judge, making or meeting an objection, or questioning a witness
  • Do not interrupt others while they are talking
  • Refer to the judge as "Your Honor"
  • Direct all concerns and remarks to the bench and not opposing counsel