We understand that going to court can be a stressful affair, but knowing what to expect can help put your mind at ease, and might even help your case! Here, we’ve provided some information on what to expect, and what’s expected of you, when you go to court.
To start off, a little bit of background information on the judicial system in Tennessee:
Tennessee’s 95 counties are divided into 31 judicial districts. Within each district, there are Circuit Courts (dealing with common law) and Chancery Courts (dealing with issues of equity), as provided by the state constitution. Some districts also have legislatively established Criminal Courts and Probate Courts (issues of wills, estates, guardianships, etc.). Judges of these courts are elected to 8-year terms.
To get a clearer picture of the Judicial System in Rutherford County, refer to the Tennessee Judicial District Map, which provides information on Rutherford County Judges and County Clerks.
Etiquette in the Courtroom
Before you enter the courthouse it’s important to know what’s expected of you in terms of dress and behavior. The way you act can determine the outcome of your court appearance — for the better or worse. Below we’ll look at how to present oneself, what’s prohibited, and some customs to follow while in court.
When going to court, your best suit and tie or gown can stay at home. While there’s no need to dress to the nines, be sure to look neat and professional. It’s asked that you refrain from wearing flip-flops, hats, and sunglasses; save for the beach. A nice shirt and pants will work just find, as long as you are presentable.
The following things are not permitted in the courtroom:
- Chewing gum
Aside from these behaviors, the use of video cameras, tape-recorders, and any other electronic equipment is prohibited. It is asked that you turn off your cell phone or any other electronic device that has the ability to make noise and cause a distraction.
If you’re a defendant, your court etiquette begins from the moment you enter the courthouse. When entering a courtroom, it is customary to pause briefly at the door and bow your head towards the Coat of Arms located behind the judicial officer. This is done as a sign of respect towards to the laws of the land, the court, and its judiciary. The same should be done when you exit the courtroom.
As a defendant, you should stand whenever the judge or commissioner is speaking to you, and when you are speaking to them. It’s important that you follow directions and pay attention. Be cooperative and avoid hostility.
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