3 Courtroom Etiquette Tips

3 Courtroom Etiquette Tips

Preparation for Your Courtroom Experience

Few things in life are scarier than getting a criminal charge, but a courtroom is a whole different ball game. It is intimidating, unfamiliar and formal, which can affect how defendants conduct themselves in the courtroom. Unfortunately, many defendants don’t know what courtroom etiquette rules entail because they haven’t faced criminal charges before — which is a good thing.

However, to best alleviate any additional problems that may arise in a case, it is advised to follow the three simple steps below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (866) 580-3089!

Arrive on time

The phrase “early bird gets the worm” couldn’t be truer in the courtroom. Although you should arrive on time, it is better to arrive early to best avoid an unfavorable discussion with the judge or worse, getting charged with a failure to appear and a warrant for your arrest. If you are running late, call your attorney right away and they will handle the situation on your behalf. If you don’t have an attorney, call the clerk’s office and they will inform you of what to do when you arrive.

Wear appropriate clothing

Business casual clothing is the best choice of attire for the courtroom. It is respectful and avoids the possibility of the judge and jurors getting distracted. Your choice of clothing will be one of the first impressions you make in court, so choose wisely. Avoid clothing such as:

  • Hats
  • Ripped jeans and shirts
  • Short skirts and shorts
  • Graphic shirts that display profane or inappropriate content
  • Flip flops
  • Sunglasses

Be respectful

It is important to be polite to everyone in the courtroom, including the prosecution, judge, court staff and spectators. Not only is it the right thing to do, but failing to be respectful can hurt your criminal case. Your body language, facial expressions and actions are tell-tale signs of your demeanor, not just your words. Thus, you must be conscious of how you compose yourself and treat others.

  • Do not interrupt people who are speaking
  • Do not eat or chew gum
  • Only talk when it is necessary
  • Stand when you talk to a judge and call them “your honor”
  • Stand when a judge enters and exits the courtroom
  • Speak clearly and loudly

Speak to A Lawyer at Balbo & Gregg, Attorneys at Law, PC

The three courtroom etiquette tips above are merely guidelines, but our Hinesville criminal defense lawyer at Balbo & Gregg, Attorneys at Law, PC can provide the legal counsel you need to have a smooth and successful courtroom experience. We are compassionate to your circumstances and will work to ensure you are prepared for the Georgia criminal court system. Our team has your back every step of the way.

To learn more about how we can advocate on your behalf, contact us at (866) 580-3089!