Courtroom Standards & Rules

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Every person shall also obey the court rules and shall conduct himself or herself in a respectful and courteous manner. The bailiff shall remove any person in violation of the dress code or being disruptive in court. While your case is proceeding through the court system, please observe the following standards:

  • Dress Code: All persons entering the court are to be dressed appropriately. Halter/midriff tops, t-shirts with vulgar or obscene illustrations, excessively baggy pants, and/or soiled or torn clothing, and flip-flops are inappropriate. Hats should be removed before entering a courtroom.
  • No weapons are permitted in the El Mirage Courthouse.
  • Electronic devices: for security purposes, all electronic devices, including cell phones, pagers, MP3 players, PDAs, cameras, and laptops cannot cause a disturbance in the courtroom. Before entering the courtroom, please ensure these devices are put on the proper setting to avoid any disruption in the courtroom.
  • Sit quietly in the courtroom whenever court is in session. The proceedings are being recorded and background noise may interfere with the quality of the taped record.
  • When addressing the Hearing Officer or Judge, stand in front of podium which is a few feet from the bench. Do not lean on the bench.
  • No food, drink or gum chewing is allowed in the courtroom.
  • Smoking is prohibited by law in all areas of government buildings. When you are free to leave the courtroom, you will find smoking areas available outside the court building.
  • Avoid bringing small children to court. If you must, please monitor their behavior so that they remain quiet at all times. Parents may be asked to leave the courtroom if their child becomes noisy or unruly.
  • Under some circumstances, a defendant may be booked into jail immediately after a court appearance. In such cases, provision should be made in advance for care of children.