Court Room Ettiquette

Basic Courtroom Etiquette

The Superior Court is a solemn place of justice within the San Diego Hall of Justice.  Audiences for court hearings must remain absolutely silent, in and immediately outside the Court.  Clapping, or even whispering during a court hearing are strictly prohibited and could result in forcible removal by the Bailiff. In the upcoming hearing, our attorneys may have only minutes to make their arguments before the judge. Any distractions, such as a ringing phone or an unruly audience member could harm the case, so be courteous, be respectful, be appropriately dressed, and most importantly, be silent.

  • Wear clothing that would be appropriate for business.
  • Arrive on time.
  • Turn off electronic devices and cell phones before entering the courtroom.
  • Be polite to the judge, opposing counsel, and court staff.
  • Rise when the judge and jury enter and leave the courtroom.
  • Stand when speaking to the judge, making or meeting an objection, or questioning a witness.
  • Do not interrupt others while they are talking.
  • Refer to the judge as “Your Honor.”

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