Courtroom Etiquette

While each court is conducted as the presiding judge thinks best, a court session generally begins when the bailiff raps a gavel and everyone in the courtroom rises. The judge is seated behind a table called a bench, and the clerk or judge announces the name of the case to be tried.

Common courtesy and politeness are guides to the actions of jurors. No juror should read or talk in the jury box.

Jurors will be treated with every consideration and their comfort and convenience will be served whenever possible. Jurors should bring any matter affecting their service, including personal emergencies, to the attention of the judge. A juror may send word to the judge through any court officer that they wish to see the judge privately.

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