Information you really should know when you are going to spend some time in a California courtroom, whether you're a defendant or a witness. Following these simple courtroom etiquette tips will certainly make your time in court less chaotic.
The Day Before You Appear in a California Court
The day before you are to appear in a California court, you should gather all of your important case documents to be sure you have them with you when you need them for the next day. Be sure to pack your briefcase or backpack the night before with the paperwork you will need. It’s always a good idea to call your bail bond agent for what the rules will be for the court house you need to go to if you have never been to court. Remember, we are here to help you.
Our bond company has a complete list of California courts and addresses and also the information on what to wear and what to bring with you, to include directions.
Your children (or children you are watching) should never go to court with you. It is hard to focus on the judge and the goings on, that you may miss something said that could be detrimental to your case.
Your Day in a California Court
You should be ready for your criminal case today if you followed our simple tips for the night before you go to court. These simple tips will help you today for a more successful court appointment.
Do Not Bring children with you to any California Court
It is important to not bring children to court with you. Call the court to see if they offer day care supervision. It’s a good idea get a babysitter, family member or friend to watch your children.
Bring Paper and Pens With You To Court
It’s imperative you bring paper and something to write with when going to court. You may need to write down important information such as a new date and time for your case, an attorney’s phone number or whatever you are presented with. You should also have the name, address and phone number of your attorney, the address and phone number of the courthouse, the case number for your civil or criminal case and most importantly, the number to your bail bondsman (Our number is (800) XXX-XXXX).
If you have evidence you need to bring to court, make sure you have at least 4 copies and bring these with you to court. The evidence you submit to the judge is important and you must be able to reproduce this information if it is requested by another. You will also give a copy to your lawyer and the prosecution.
DO NOT FAIL TO APPEAR IN COURT OR YOU COULD BE RE-ARRESTED AND YOUR BAIL BOND FORFEITED!
If you have an emergency and cannot make it to your court appointment, you need to contact your attorney and/or the court house and Golden State Bail Bonds so the courts can be notified of your situation. If you do not know the judge or prosecutors name, give the bailiff your courtroom number so a message can be delivered to the appropriate person.
It's always a good idea to dress your very best for court. Choose business attire and nothing with writing on your clothes. If your normal manner of dress includes a religious head covering or other items, you may wear them to court. Be sure to wear proper clothes that do not reveal too much of your body. Example: Do not wear halter tops, tank tops, shorts, flip flops, short skirts or ripped clothes.
Entering the Courthouse
On the day of court it is important that you arrive early to go through the security line to make it ontime for your court appearance. All California courts have advanced security systems in place that include metal detectors, x-ray machines and handheld wands. Everyone entering the courthouse goes through metal detectors so do not bring any weapons or things not needed with you in court. If you wear a brassiere be sure to wear a sports bra to avoid the underwire from tripping the metal detector alarm. It would also be a good idea not to wear necklaces and belts with metal buckles.
If you have an assigned courtroom for your case, check the courthouse docket which are usually posted in the lobby, or nearest the courtroom door for any last minute court room changes.
California Courthouse Demeanor
You may feel nervous about being in court, this is normal. When a judge speaks to you in court, always stand and address the judge as "Your Honor". Also be sure to bite your tongue when you absolutely wish to scream. Keep your cool, take plenty of notes and be sure to talk with your attorney about issues which may be incorrect or where someone is lying, etc. Be sure to also turn off your cell phone and do not talk (or text) while in the courtroom. Things are going on in the courtroom that are important to you for your case and you must be aware at all times.