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Rules of Court Conduct in Georgia

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Rules of Court Conduct in Georgia:

Going to court can seem overwhelming or stressful to many people. One of the important things to remember when attending court is that preparation starts before you enter the courtroom. Your Georgia DUI Attorney has prepared your case, and you have spent a significant amount of time practicing for this day. Part of your case is how you present yourself, and it is crucial to know how to make a good first impression and to be aware of courtroom etiquette.

Here are a few tips to help you put your best foot forward:

  • Be on time
  • Be prepared and organized
  • Dress appropriately. For men, wear a collared shirt, tuck it in, and wear a belt. Otherwise, wear clothing that would be appropriate for business.
  • Rise when the judge enters and leaves the courtroom and do not sit until told it is okay
  • Leave all food and drinks outside of the courtroom or in your car
  • Refer to the judge as “Your Honor”
  • Stand when speaking to the judge and give them your full attention
  • Enter and leave the courtroom quietly
  • Turn off electronic devices and cell phones before entering the courtroom
  • Be polite to the judge, opposing counsel, and court staff
  • Stand up straight, make eye contact, and speak politely when talking to the judge. 
  • Answer questions in a clear, loud voice. 
  • When done, thank the judge for their attention

Some things you should NOT do:

  • Do not interrupt the judge or others when they are talking. Wait until they are done speaking to ask a question or make a comment. 
  • Do not wear hats or other head coverings inside the courtroom
  • Do not wear sunglasses
  • Do not wear baggy pants that you have to hold up or that fall below the waist
  • Do not wear revealing clothing (ex: halter tops, crop tops, plunging necklines)
  • Do not wear clothes that depict violence, sexual acts, profanity, or illegal drugs
  • Do not bring weapons of any kind into the courtroom
  • Do not use your phone in the courtroom whether it be for email, texting, or phone calls
  • Do not chew gum
  • Do not wear flip flops
  • Do not wear open-toe shoes
  • Do not use derogatory language 
  • Do not consume alcohol the evening before court

While this may seem like many rules for a courtroom, remember that a courtroom is a place of order and structure. You should act in a respectful manner at all times. Court proceedings are serious matters that offer the opportunity for justice to be carried out fairly. Failing to use proper etiquette can affect your case and how the judge/jury views you. While it may seem unfair, good manners and proper courtroom etiquette may determine whether a party wins or loses their case.

Winning your Georgia DUI case is more than just presenting the right argument in court. It is about making the right first impression as well. Following the above-listed rules is the first step in defending your case.

If you have any questions about how to get ready for court or about the process, contact our offices today. We have over 50 combined years of experience in criminal law and are here to help you. Call now to speak to the top-rated Georgia DUI Lawyers at our office.

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