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Preparing for Court
 
  • You are expected to be prompt with your court attendance.
  • Talking is not allowed unless you are speaking with a bailiff, a member of the court staff or your attorney.

  • The following items are not allowed in the courtroom:
    • Cell phones or pagers.  If your cell phone rings during court, you are subject to being held in contempt.
    • Sunglasses on top of your head or around your neck
    • Shorts
    • Untucked clothing
    • Tank tops 
    • Hats
    • Weapons
    • Reading materials (newspapers, magazines)
    • If you have any of these items, you should not enter the courtroom.

  • When your name is called, say HERE OR PRESENT loud enough to be heard, and step forward to a line in front of the bench for disposition of your case.  Do not step forward of that line.
  • If you are represented by an attorney, you should have your attorney with you when your name is called.
  • If you have anything in your hands, you can place the items on one of the tables.
  • If you are a parent, you can step forward with your son or daughter.
  • Do not place your hands in your pockets; keep them by your side.
  • Make sure that you are not chewing gum.
  • Make sure to address everyone in the courtroom with “YES SIR / MA'AM and “NO SIR / MA'AM.”
  • You are not allowed to communicate with prisoners at any time during court.
  • If you cannot pay your fine in full, you can see one of the court clerks to make arrangements to pay your fine.  The court accepts a minimum payment of $100.00 per month until paid in full.  Further, you are subject to being held in contempt of court if you fail to meet the terms of your payment agreement.