In addition to the official rules published on the Utah State Courts website, there is another list of “unspoken” rules that should be followed when attending court.
There is a specific code of conduct that judges and commissioners expect to see in their courtrooms. Experienced litigators are well aware of these rules, but people representing themselves may not realize how important it is to follow these guidelines.
Judges and commissioners have very busy schedules, and can become frustrated if you don’t know how to handle yourself in their courtrooms.
In the video below, attorney Jenna Hatch provides 10 helpful tips to make your court experience as smooth as possible.
If Judges have nothing more to talk about that the tattoos that tax paying voters have, then it might behoove them to reevaluate why they are in the court room and what they are their to uphold… namely, the Law.
@Will and @ Hillel, Thanks for stopping by our site. Yes, this advice is for people who may be trying to “go it alone” or who are nervous about their court appearance and want to feel more comfortable. “Church Dress” is a good rule-of-thumb Will. It avoids the occasional excess skin that we see in court. Interestingly, I’ve attended some Continuing Legal Education seminars where judges, commissioners, and lawyers really have gone on and on about seeing tattoos in the courtroom! I find this very interesting considering that many lawyers AND JUDGES have tattoos. Anyone have any courtroom stories about this issue? I’d love to hear what people are saying.
So this generally applies to those who don’t have complete background on court hearing or didn’t went to a law school and who will represent themselves or someone instead of a licensed council.
My advice to clients is simply to dress as if they were going to church. But it’s good that this post expands on this. Thanks!