Local Rules of Court


RULE 15 - Decorum at Court

(A) All persons at the court shall conduct themselves with decorum and in a manner to not interfere with the proper administration of the court’s business. Although the court is open to the public, persons attending any court session who are not parties or called as witnesses may not make any statements unless permitted by the court and identified on the record. All persons are subject to screening and/or search before entering the courtroom. The term “court” includes any location where a judge or magistrate conducts hearings or trials as well as the probation department, clerk of court office and surrounding areas.

(B) All persons appearing before the court shall, to the extent practicable, appear in appropriate and clean dress.

(C) All cell phones are to be turned off or silenced in the courtroom and the use of cell phones is not permitted in the courtroom when court is in session. In the event a person needs to make or take a call, the person is required to leave the courtroom unless otherwise permitted by the court. Tablets, lap top computers, notebooks, cell phones and other electronic devices may not be used in the courtroom except as a research aid or tool during a hearing or trial.

(D) No smoking, eating or drinking is permitted in the courtroom. No one is permitted to bring food or drink into the courtroom, unless permitted by the court. Attorneys and litigants may have water at the trial table. Witnesses may be provided water when necessary. Jurors may have water in the jury box during trial. The judge, magistrate and court staff may have water in the courtroom as needed.

(E) No person shall loiter or behave in an unseemly or disorderly manner in the courtroom or in any hall, entryway or stairway, or otherwise interfere with or obstruct judicial activities or proceedings.

(F) Failure to comply with any aspect of this rule may result in appropriate sanction by the court, including continuance or dismissal of the matter before the court, confiscation of cell phone pending the conclusion of court proceedings or a charge of contempt of court.