A Guide to Properly Handling Your Court Date

We understand that going to court can be a stressful affair. And while every courtroom may look and run different, there are still general expectations upon your arrival. Take a look at these expectations and general rule of thumb below to get prepared so you will feel more at ease.

When You Should Arrive

You may have heard that arriving on time or a little later is okay because the cases before your hearing sometimes run late. However, this is not the case at all. Instead, arrive 15 minutes early so you have plenty of time to find parking and check in with the court staff. The last thing you need is for there to be a mishap and don’t have enough time to get it fixed.

What You Should Bring

When defending yourself in court, make sure that you have at least three documents of evidence with you along with copies of all the papers you have filed with Court. You can also bring along any list of questions you may have for the judge or witnesses.

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. Below we’ll look at how to present yourself, what’s prohibited, and some customs to follow while in court.

How to Dress

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.

How to Act

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. Also remember to be respectful to everyone in court. When addressing the judge, keep your voice calm. It may be an emotional time, but you don’t want your emotions to get the best of you during this time.

Common Practices

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.

If you or someone you know is about to go to court, give Titan Bail Bonds a call today. We are here to help.