How to Comport Yourself in Court

Court Etiquette

Good Court Etiquette Can Benefit Your Case.

If you have a court date coming up, you already have a lot on your plate. Alongside getting your information together and meeting with your attorney, you also have to get yourself together. When appearing and prepping for the court, it is important to remember that there is a certain court etiquette you need to follow the day of to make the best impression for your case. Failure to do so can lead to not just a poor impression, but can even lead to you being held in contempt of court. In order to prevent this, here are a few things to keep in mind. Be on time for your court date and wear professional clothing. Turn off or do not bring your cell phone to prevent possible fidgeting and noise. When dealing with the judge and court, be polite, rising when called to, and call the judge “your honor” when speaking with them or answering a question. These all tell the judge and court that you are serious about your case. 

What Constitutes Contempt of Court?

Being held in contempt of court means that you have not followed court etiquette and have actively impeded how the court runs. This will be decided by the judge and can be for many reasons.

  • Not obeying an order given by the judge
  • Disrespecting those in the courtroom, including the attorneys and judge
  • Misbehaving and being rude during proceedings
  • Putting information out there, such as on social media, that impedes a fair trial.

A judge may give you civil contempt charges or criminal contempt charges, which have different levels of severity but are intended to remind you of the serious nature of the court. You may find yourself in jail for a time with these charges.

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