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Is it legal for the family to be in the court room (not involved in the case) and it is a criminal case ?

Ventura, CA |

Who can go and what do you need to get in? What about those without legal status? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Yes. Court proceedings are public. You can go to the clerk's office in the courthouse where the hearing is held and find out which courtroom the case is being heard in and sit in the audience.

  2. Yes !

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  3. Absolutely! One of the most cherished constitutional rights we have is the right to a public jury trial where anyone can witness the court's proceedings, as opposed to a closed tribunal where proceedings are held in secret.

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  4. A criminal trial is a public proceeding. Unless there are specific orders by a judge about who can and cannot attend a trial or criminal proceeding, ANY member of the public can attend a court hearing, and their immigration status has no effect on that right.

  5. The short answer is yes, family can be in the court room since the court proceedings are usually public. That said there are exceptions to this. One such exception would be when one the family members is a foreseeable witness at which point he or she is likely to be excluded so as not to bias his or her testimony.

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