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Things to Know Before Coming to Court

Our courts require staff and you to be prepared and to treat each other with respect.  This includes:

  • How you dress - clean clothes with no foul language, insults, or other negative words
  • how you act - respect the judge and court staff, and everyone else in the courtroom, including jurors, witnesses, and the public. 

Our courts expect you to know and follow court rules.  For state circuit courts, review the state Uniform Trial Court Rules and your local circuit court's Supplementary Local Court Rules.  For the Tax Court, see Tax Rules.  For the appellate courts, see Appellate Rules.

Dress Code

Court rules require anyone in court to dress and act with respect.  This includes court staff, lawyers, parties to a case, jurors, witnesses, public.  The court can remove people from the court who do not dress or act with respect.

See UTCR Chapter 3 on dress code.

Courtroom Protocol

In trials and hearings, parties and lawyers must use surnames (not first names) to address adult witnesses, jurors, other parties, and lawyers.
When speaking to the court or jury, you should stand and stay standing at the table.  You must ask the judge’s permission to approach the judge or jury or to move about the courtroom.  Lawyers and parties should get permission before the hearing or trial.

See UTCR chapter 3 and your local circuit court's Supplementary Local Court Rules.  For the Tax Court, see Tax Rules.  For the appellate courts, see Appellate Rules.