- Do not talk while court is in session.
- Be attentive and respectful.
- Always stand and speak clearly when addressed by the court or when giving a statement to the court.
- Dress appropriately for court (see below).
- Never appear in court under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Remember, cell phones, beepers, weapons, knives, etc., are not allowed in the courthouse.
- Always have a photo ID when visiting the courthouse (see below).
In general, the more family support a defendant has, the better it is for a defendant and the case. In most cases, we encourage as many family members to come to court appearances as is possible.
There are some situations, however, where a large family showing may not help. For example, many people in the courtroom may complicate matters when a confidential informant is testifying in a pretrial evidentiary hearing.
Also, some judges do not like children in the courtroom. The attorney appointed to the case can give more details about the best times for the family to come to court.
Always have a valid photo id when visiting the courthouse. Such as an active driver's license, a state ID, government-issued identification card, or an active passport.
Dressing appropriately for court not only applies to our client's, but to the courtroom attendees as well. Jeans, flip-flops, club wear, t-shirts, ball caps, shorts, and short skirts are not permitted in a Federal Courtroom.