Court Rules of Conduct

Standards of Appearance Municipal Court

Standards of Appearance:

It is the duty of the Court to promote respect for the judicial system and to require that court proceedings be conducted in a serious, respectful and dignified manner.

Appearance should reflect neatness, cleanliness and self-respect.  A person who is not attired appropriately or exhibits grooming which is detrimental and/or distracting to the Court environment shall be required to make arrangements for more suitable or appropriate appearance.  The Judge may reset a case to another court date to require compliance with the dress code or request the Bailiff to give the person a shirt to be worn over the inappropriate attire prior to approaching the bench.

Inappropriate Attire:

  • Shorts are highly discouraged.
  • Flip Flops are highly discouraged.
  • No revealing clothing, specifically too tight or too short.
  • No midriff tops, spaghetti strap shirts, muscle shirts, fishnet shirts.
  • No dirty, torn or ragged clothing.
  • No sleep wear, pajama pants or the like.
  • No clothing with pictures or that advertises substances that are illegal by law or illegal for minors.
  • No clothing that is offensive, violent, racist, sexist or suggestive in nature, or indicates gang activity or involvement, or bagging/sagging.
  • No caps, hats or bandannas unless medically necessary.

Suggested Attire:

  • Men: slacks, button up shirt or suit
  • Women: dress, skirt, nice pants, nice blouse

Standards of Behavior:

  • No weapons.
  • All evidence must be in paper form (3 copies-defendant, prosecutor, Judge).
  • All phone evidence will be disregarded.
  • All insurance verification must be in paper form.
  • No recording or taking of pictures.
  • Do not rest arms or hands on the bench.
  • No food, drink or chewing gum.
  • Electronic devices not silenced could result in confiscation by the Bailiff until the end of Court.
  • Do not talk unless your case is being heard.
  • Address the Court as "Judge" or "Your Honor".