Conduct & Dress Code
The following dress and conduct code shall apply when the court is in session:
- All persons in the courtroom, except those required to be there because of arrest or court order, shall be attired in a manner appropriate to the dignity and decorum of the courtroom setting. As minimum standards, the following rules shall apply:
- Male attorneys shall wear coats and ties. Women attorneys shall wear professionally appropriate attire.
- Men shall wear shirts, trousers and shoes. Women shall wear shoes, and either dresses, skirts and tops, or pants and tops.
- Shorts, halter tops, tank tops, hats, caps, torn clothing, shirts or other clothing with obscene or profane pictures or messages, and thongs, shall not be worn.
- All persons in the courtroom shall, in their speech and action, conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the dignity and decorum of the courtroom setting. As minimum standards, the following rules shall apply:
- Spectators and persons not then actively engaged in court proceedings shall be quiet; any speech which does occur shall be as unobtrusive as possible.
- All persons shall refrain from any gestures and from conduct litigants, witnesses, court staff, law enforcement personnel, or other persons.
- All cell phones and other electronic devices shall be set to silent mode.
- No food or drinks, except water, shall be allowed in the courtroom.
- No guns or weapons shall be allowed in the Courthouse.