Going to Court ...

First Impressions:  You need to present yourself in a positive way to the Judge.  The Judge will be making decisions about your future and things that are important to you such as:  your freedom, where you live, your driver’s license and your money.


  • Hats
  • Anything referring to sex, violence, cigarettes, drugs or alcohol
  • Hooded sweatshirts, winter coats
  • Cell phones or pagers
  • Tank tops
  • Pajamas
  • Flip flops
  • Shorts
  • Miniskirts
  • Shirts that show any of your belly or cleavage
  • Pants that show your underwear
  • Untied sneakers or shoes
  • Anything dirty, or with holes or patches
  • T-shirts (wear a shirt with a collar)
  • Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives)
  • No cigarettes in wallet, purse or pockets
  • Facial piercings
  • Cover any tattoos

Talking to the Judge:
In addition to what you wear, how you behave in front of the Judge matters.

  • Stand up when you talk to the Judge
  • Do not slouch or lounge in the chair
  • Speak loud enough for the Judge to hear you
  • Make eye contact with the Judge
  • Do not mumble to the Judge or under your breath
  • Do not say ‘Yeah’ ‘Nope’ or ‘Huh?’  Use appropriate words, like “Yes, Ma’am” or “Yes, Sir”
  • Never show anger in the courtroom, it does not help your position and can hurt your case instead.  Let your lawyer do the arguing for you. 


  • Smoke cigarettes near the Court.  Even outside, somebody from court can see you.
  • Discuss your case with your friends
  • Talk about the party you just went to or how hung over you feel
  • Talk about things you have gotten away with


  • Arrive to court on time
  • Stay focused on what is happening in court
  • Be respectful towards everyone you meet in court – including police, judges, lawyers, witnesses and other kids
  • Treat this like the important event that it is