cell phones off. Follow guidelines regarding children. Attorneys may have beverages in courtroom but be cautious about electronic
Visitors should dress appropriately. No shorts,
short skirts, low-cut blouses, sleeveless shirts, hats, hoodies with hood up, bandanas on the head, clothing with profanity
or other inappropriate attire are allowed in the courtroom. Visitors should not engage in any distracting activities while
sitting in the gallery of the courtroom.
and parties should abide by the following:
No magazines, newspapers or other such reading material may be read in the courtroom while court is in session.
· B. There will be no eating, drinking or chewing gum in the courtroom unless the Court has expressly
C. There will be no outbursts, disturbances, threats, obscene
language, or gestures. Violation of this rule shall result in immediate expulsion and/or direct contempt.
· D. No cameras, video or audio recording equipment, and all other electronic, audio and video devices
are not allowed in the courtroom without permission of the Court. Cell phones are allowed but may not be used to record proceedings.
Equipment or devices that are used in contravention of these guidelines are subject to search and seizure by the Bailiff;
· E. No filming or videotaping of proceedings in hallways and stairways adjacent to the courtroom without
the Court’s permission;
F. All telephones and electronic devices must be turned off
before entering the courtroom and must remain off at all times in the courtroom;
· G. No sound recordings of the proceedings shall be permitted except by the official court reporter
for the court and no broadcasting of the proceedings shall be permitted;
· H. Visitors are encouraged to not enter or to leave the courtroom while proceedings are in progress.
If a visitor’s coming and going becomes a distraction, they may be ask to leave the courtroom;
· I. Persons outside the courtroom shall not disrupt or cause any disruption and shall not restrict or
impair the movement of persons and attorneys through the halls and/or doors to the courtroom;
· J. No interviews of any persons connected with or participating in the hearings or trial of this case
shall be conducted in the courtroom or adjacent hallways.
All courtroom participants must pass through the security station and metal detectors located at the entrance
of the courthouse. The carrying of guns and weapons into the courthouse is expressly forbidden under Sec 46.03 paragraph (3)
of the Texas Penal Code. During the security screening process, the security personnel will require all visitors to empty
their pockets and place the items in a tray for examination. All items carried into the courthouse will be thoroughly screened
before the items are allowed into the courtroom. Visitors should consider this process when deciding what to wear or carry
into the courthouse with them.
Participants may be required to provide additional identifying
and contact information as necessary. The bailiff will is in charge of courtroom security and may ask individuals who fail
to comply with courtroom decorum or rules to leave the courthouse.
While in trial or hearings, parties and attorneys may have water or beverages at the
counsel table. Attorneys may bring drinks into the courtroom in containers with lids No food should be brought into the courtroom
except by permission of the Court (breaks in trial etc.).
Except as noted above, no food or beverages are allowed in the courtroom
except water in a spill proof container. Chewing gum and or candy is not allowed in the courtroom. Jurors may bring drinks
in spill proof containers.
CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
Visitors and Parties:
All cell phones, pagers and other electronic devices need to be off or in silent mode
(not low volume, but silent) while you are in the courtroom. Do not accept cell phone calls while you are in the courtroom.
Do not text or engage in any other type of electronic communication from the courtroom without explicit permission to do so
by the judge. Do not take photographs or any audio or visual recordings of the courtroom proceedings without express permission
of the judge. Cell phones used in violation of this rule may be confiscated by the court.
Attorneys should have all
electronic devices turned to the silent mode during hearings and turned off if such use becomes distracting. Do not answer
cell phone calls while in the courtroom. Quietly step outside if you must take the call.
No audio, video or photography is allowed in the courtroom
or the hallways directly outside the Courtroom without the express approval of the Judge. Recording devices will be confiscated
by the court.
CHILDREN IN COURT:
Children should not be brought to the courthouse. Children may not be brought into the courtroom without the
consent of the court, except for children being adopted, who may be brought to the courtroom. If the court approves a request
for a judge to interview a child in chambers, the child may be brought to the courthouse at the time announced for the interview.
NO ONE will enter the court room wearing cutoffs, shorts, tank tops,
swim wear, obscenity on clothing, house slippers, halter tops, dirty clothing, micro mini-skirts, workout garments, mid-riff
shirts, hats, sunglasses (unless prescription), inappropriate jeans, shorts, or other inappropriate clothing are permitted
in the courtroom. Appropriate shoes must be worn. No slippers, Crocs etc. will be permitted. Shirts shall be appropriately
buttoned. Attorneys are responsible for informing their clients of the Court’s dress code.
ASSISTANCE ANIMAL/SERVICE ANIMAL:
Only Assistance Animals or Service Animals as defined
in both the Texas Disability Laws and the American Disabilities Act are permitted in the Courtroom. “Assistance Animal” and “Service Animals” means
an animal that is specially trained or equipped to help a person with a disability.