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Court Conduct and Attire

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Conduct 

 

At your court appearance, you are expected to act appropriately and follow the rules.

Defendants are required to be respectful of the Judge, court staff, attorneys, and litigants.

When speaking to the Judge, you will address him as Your Honor or Judge and speak clearly.

Cell phones and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited unless permission has been granted by the Judge for a specific purpose.

Vulgar and Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated, and security staff may remove a person from the courtroom if they are deterring court proceedings.

The Judge may also hold violators in contempt of court. 
(Section 21.001 and 21.002, Government Code)

  1. Cell phones should be turned off.

  2. No photography, video recording, audio recording, or digital recording of proceedings without the express written consent of the Court.

  3. No food, beverages, gum, smoking, vaping, or illegal narcotics allowed in the courtroom.

  4. No propping up of feet, sitting on tables, leaning back in chairs, or other disrespectful behavior.

  5.  No loud noises.

  6.  No vulgar or inappropriate gestures.

  7.  No weapons except for those persons exempt under Texas Penal Code 46.15.

  8. Appropriate courtroom attire is required. Attorneys should be in suits. Litigants should be in appropriate attire. Things specifically not allowed are: shorts or short skirts/dresses; tank tops; cutoffs; clothing that exposes the bare shoulder, midsection, underwear, or feet; hats except those worn for religious purposes; clothing with vulgar or offensive slogans and/or images; clothing that is transparent or sheer and exposes underwear or skin beneath.

  9. The Court retains the exclusive right to decide whether or not a person is in violation of any of the above.

Consent to Search

There is no requirement of probable cause to search any person or property in the courtroom. Upon entering the building, all persons consent to a search of their persons and all their property in their possession. 

 

While Court is in Session

There shall not be:

  1. Any weapons allowed.

  2. Any inappropriate gestures.

  3. Any use of alcohol.

  4. Any smoking.

  5. Any load or disruptive noises

  6. Any use of electronic devices.

  7. Any chewing of gum, eating of food or drinking beverages.

 

The Court may enforce any additional restrictions as needed to ensure court proceedings are not hindered. 

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