Basic Rules of Court Conduct
If you have been ordered to appear at the City of Lawrenceville Municipal Court, this page will provide important information to assist you before your appearance. This information does not constitute legal advice. If you require legal assistance, please consult an attorney. For more information about specific court policies, or if you have any questions not covered on this page, please email [email protected] or call 770-963-3288.
The following items are NOT allowed in the courtroom: weapons of any kind, electronic recording equipment (unless approved by the court), food, beverages, chewing gum, and tobacco.
Guide to Appearing in Court
- Be on time
- Throw away gum, food, and drinks before entering the courtroom
- Stand when the judge enters and leaves the courtroom
- Stand when you are speaking to the judge
- Speak clearly when you respond to the judge’s questions
- Always address the judge as “Your Honor”
- Never interrupt the judge. If you are unsure of what you heard, wait until the judge or other person speaking has finished talking before asking a question.
- Enter and leave the courtroom quietly, so you do not disturb others
- Only approach the bench when instructed to do so
Dressing for Court
If you are appearing in court, you should dress nicely and in a manner that shows respect for the court.
Here are some things you should NOT wear:
- Hats or other head coverings inside the courtroom (except those worn for religious or medical purposes)
- T-shirts depicting violence, sexual acts, profanity, or illegal drugs
- Tube or halter tops/plunging necklines/bare midriffs
- Ripped or torn jeans
- Miniskirts or shorts
- Baggy pants that fall below the waist
- Muscle shirts (usually worn as undergarments)
If you are not dressed properly, you may be asked to leave the court and return at a later date. This will delay your hearing and require you to appear in court more than once.