Going to Court ...
First Impressions: You need to present yourself in a positive way to the Judge. The Judge will be making decisions about your future and things that are important to you such as: your freedom, where you live, your driver’s license and your money.
DO NOT WEAR:
- Anything referring to sex, violence, cigarettes, drugs or alcohol
- Hooded sweatshirts, winter coats
- Cell phones or pagers
- Tank tops
- Flip flops
- Shirts that show any of your belly or cleavage
- Pants that show your underwear
- Untied sneakers or shoes
- Anything dirty, or with holes or patches
- T-shirts (wear a shirt with a collar)
- Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives)
- No cigarettes in wallet, purse or pockets
- Facial piercings
- Cover any tattoos
Talking to the Judge:
In addition to what you wear, how you behave in front of the Judge matters.
- Stand up when you talk to the Judge
- Do not slouch or lounge in the chair
- Speak loud enough for the Judge to hear you
- Make eye contact with the Judge
- Do not mumble to the Judge or under your breath
- Do not say ‘Yeah’ ‘Nope’ or ‘Huh?’ Use appropriate words, like “Yes, Ma’am” or “Yes, Sir”
- Never show anger in the courtroom, it does not help your position and can hurt your case instead. Let your lawyer do the arguing for you.
- Smoke cigarettes near the Court. Even outside, somebody from court can see you.
- Discuss your case with your friends
- Talk about the party you just went to or how hung over you feel
- Talk about things you have gotten away with
- Arrive to court on time
- Stay focused on what is happening in court
- Be respectful towards everyone you meet in court – including police, judges, lawyers, witnesses and other kids
- Treat this like the important event that it is