Courtroom etiquette is very important. Failing to follow courtroom etiquette could have negative effects on the outcome of your case.
|Wear clothing that is suitable for business|
|Arrive on time|
|Turn off cell phones and other electronic devices before entering the courtroom|
|Do not chew gum|
|Be respectful to the judge, opposing counsel (if applicable), and court staff|
|Rise when the judge and/or jury enter and exit the courtroom|
|Stand when communicating with the judge, making or meeting an objection, or questioning a witness|
|Speak loudly and clearly|
|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 the opposing counsel (if applicable)|
Attending court can be an intimidating experience, especially if you do not know what to expect. For more information, visit what to expect during your first appearance.