Arrive at least 45 minutes early to allow for parking and security checks. The fewer items you are carrying (loose change, watches, jewelry, etc.) the faster you will get through security. If you are licensed to carry a firearm, do not bring your weapon into a courthouse as it is a crime.
Plan on being in court all day. Lawyers do not control the flow of court cases. Make arrangements with your employer prior to your court date. Sometimes the simplest issues take the most time in court.
Leave Children at Home
Do not bring children to court as most judges will not allow them in the courtroom and you may be in court most of the day.
Do Not Bring Unecessary Parties
Do not bring significant others (boyfriend/girlfriend) to court as it may cause unnecessary strife and hinder negotiations between the parties. Although they may mean well, their input is generally not helpful to your case.
Be Quiet in Court
Do not talk once in the courtroom. Step outside if conversation is necessary or a baliff may escort you out.
Turn your phone off in the courtroom. If it rings, you may lose it to the court. This rule usually applies to attorneys as well.
Wait patiently for your attorney as he or she may be in another court. If they are elsewhere, the court will be notified and your case will be placed on hold.
Let Your Attorney Do the Talking
Do not attempt to litigate your case with your opposing party. That is what you hired your attorney for. If the opposing party's attorney attempts to talk to you, politely tell them your attorney is on the way and do not answer any further questions.
Food and beverages are usually available in or close to courthouses. Bring cash as not all cafeterias take credit cards.
If a hearing is necessary, do not argue with your spouse, opposing counsel or other witnesses while in front of the judge. Only answer the questions you are asked. Judges hear these cases daily and can usually tell when someone is not telling the truth. Outbursts and obvious facial expressions are not necessary nor welcomed by the Court
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