- Arrive downtown with enough time to allow for parking and security checks. Personal items, including packages, briefcases, and other containers, will be screened by x-ray and are subject to additional search. You may also be subject to search by a hand-held device or a pat-down search. The fewer items you are carrying (loose change, watches, jewelry, etc.), the faster you will get through security. It is not unusual to spend at least 30 minutes in the security line.
- Plan on being in court all day, and make arrangements with your employer prior to your court date.
- Do not bring children to court. Most judges will not allow them in the courtroom and there are no child care facilities in the courthouse.
- Do not bring significant others to court as it may cause unnecessary stress and make negotiations more difficult.
- Do not talk once in the courtroom. Step outside if conversation is necessary.
- Turn your phone off in the courtroom. If it rings, the bailiff may confiscate it.
- Wait patiently for me to arrive as I may be in another court. If I am elsewhere, the court will be notified, and your case will be placed on hold.
- Do not attempt to litigate your case with your opposing party. That is what you hired me for. If your opposing party’s attorney attempts to talk to you, politely tell them your attorney is on the way and do not answer any further questions.
- Food is available in the basement in both courthouses. Bring cash, as not all cafeterias take credit cards.
- If a hearing is necessary, do not argue with your spouse or other witnesses in front of the judge. Only answer the questions you are asked. Judges hear these cases daily and can usually tell when someone is not telling the truth. Outbursts are not necessary nor welcomed by the Court.
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