Rules of the Court

Court is in session whenever the Judge is on the bench, at that time the following rules of proper attire and conduct must be observed by all person(s) in attendance unless the Judge directs otherwise.


  • No eating, drinking, or gum chewing
  • No smoking or use of tobacco products, including snuff or chewing tobacco
  • No use of cell phones or electronic devices in the courtroom.  All cell phones or electronic devices must be powered off at all times, except by express permission of the Judge
  • Any device which rings or otherwise makes noise may be taken by the Judge and not returned until the conclusion of the court proceeding. Use of a cell phone may also constitute direct contempt of court which is punishable by a fine not to exceed $100 and up to three days in jail
  • Any children brought into the courtroom must be quiet or they must be removed. No unattended children are allowed. Children under the age of eight and any child or children who cannot sit alone may not to be brought to the courtroom without an adult or older responsible child who can accompany them out of the courtroom, if necessary
  • No standing in the courtroom except when addressing the Court, by direction of the Judge, or when necessitated by the business of the Court
  • Absolutely no illegal weapons shall be brought in the courtroom with the exception of those intended to be offered as evidence. Commissioned peace officers may bring weapons into the courtroom. The Judge has the discretion to have any object removed from the courtroom
Dress Code
  • No inappropriate attire, including short shorts, tank tops, sleeveless shirts, jeans with holes or cut-outs, low pants with underwear showing, inappropriate slogan shirts, or sunglasses are allowed
  • No hats or head coverings including scarves, caps, or bandanas shall be worn in the courtroom, unless such item is of a religious nature or for medical reasons