COURTROOM RULES OF ETIQUETTE
In order to promote professional and proper decorum, the Court advises all who enter to:
- Dress appropriately, i.e. no shorts of any kind, halter tops, or lewd clothing
- Avoid wearing T-shirts with offensive language or pictures
- Avoid wearing a hat (males)
- Avoid bringing cellular phones or pagers (audible mode)
- Avoid bringing food and/or drinks or chewing gum
- Avoid bringing weapons of any kind; if weapons are brought to the courthouse, you will be asked to remove them from the building.
- Stand a few feet back from the bench when addressing the Judge - do not lean on the bench.
- 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.
The Court reserves the right to amend these general rules.
COURT HEARINGS AND TRIALS
If you wish to have a trial or speak to the judge, you must make your request in writing or in person on or before your due date. If you are making a request outside your due date, you will be required to appear in person and post a cash bond of your total amount due. You will be scheduled for a pre-trial or plea-hearing first. These hearings are your opportunity to file any motions before the court or to speak to the city prosecutor. After these hearings if entering a plea of Not Guilty, you may elect to be set for either a Trial by Judge or a Trial by Jury.
NOTE: If you are eligible and do not elect to take the option of either a driving safety course or deferred disposition, once you proceed with a trial request, these options will no longer be available.
During either type trial, the City (State) will be represented by an attorney (the city prosecutor) who must prove the charges against you as stated on the complaint, beyond a reasonable doubt. The State presents its case first by calling witnesses to testify against you. You will be allowed to hear all the testimony against you and, if you wish, after each witness has testified, you will have a turn to ask questions of the witness. After the State has presented its case, you may present your case. You may call other witnesses to testify for you who know something about the charge being brought against you. You may testify on your own behalf, but you are not required to do so. Should you decide not to testify, your silence cannot be held against you. The Court will NOT appoint you an attorney. However, you may choose to hire an attorney to represent you. You cannot be represented by someone who is not an attorney. Whether represented by an attorney or not, you will be expected to follow the rules of evidence and procedures just like the city prosecutor. After either type of trial, the Judge will announce the finding of either not guilty or guilty. With a guilty finding, a fine and the applicable state costs will be assessed. This amount may be different from the amount quoted to you by the court clerk prior to your trial. If you are found guilty, you will have ten (10) days to file an appropriate appeal bond or pay the amount due.
May 26, 2015
Bench Trials - 5:30p.m.
May 27, 2015
Fail to Attend School - 9:00a.m.
Fail to Attend School - 10:00a.m.
Fail to Attend School - 11:00a.m.
May 28, 2015
Jury Trials - 9:00a.m.
Bench Trials - 2:00p.m.