- Weapons of any sort are prohibited
Drugs are prohibited
Electronic devices are not to be used in the courtrooms (unless approved by the court)
- Do not chew gum while testifying
- Stand up straight and speak clearly
- Pay attention to any instruction given by the employees of the court and the Judge
- It is permissible to respond with,”I don’t recall” if you do not remember some details
- Answer only the question that you are asked. Do not volunteer information
- If you do not want to answer a question, do not ask the judge whether you must answer it. If it is an improper question, your attorney will rise and state an objection.
- Do not shake your head to indicate a “yes” or “no” answer. Use words to answer every question.
- When in court, federal magistrates are to be referred to as “Your Honor”.
- The court is only interested in the facts. Please do not give your opinions or your conclusions unless you are asked.
- Do not allow yourself to become angry. This will not help your case.
- Try to dress professionally.
- Remove sunglasses in court.
- Have any evidence or relevant paperwork handy.
- Try to leave disruptive children at home.
- Be early. People who are late may be issued a bench warrant or have their bail forfeited.
- Do not leave the courtroom without knowing when and where you are ordered to return.