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My Day In Court – What to Expect

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See our maps link on the right side of this page for a map and directions to the Courthouses.  Or visit, the 22nd Judicial District website.

Courthouse Clerks of Court

St Tammany
Washington

Below is a video (compliments of the Maryland State Judiciary) that we feel does a very good job in explaining what you can expect. Also, read the tips below in advance of your court date.

For more information for witnesses and victims, please click here.

Dos
Don’ts

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Dos

Do dress neatly and professionally if possible. 

Do arrive on time.

Do turn off your cell phone.

Do be respectful to everyone.

Do speak clearly and loudly enough to be heard.

Do ask the questioner to repeat or clarify any questions that you do not understand.

Do direct your answers to the person who asked the question. Make eye contact with him/her.

Do pay attention.  It is helpful to listen and learn about the process.

Do appear pleasant and interested in the proceedings.

Do be polite to courtroom staff – the clerk, the bailiff or others.  

Do refer to The Judge as “Your Honor” and speak with respect.

Don’t’s

Don’t chew gum.

Don’t wear shorts.

Don’t  interrupt.

Don’t read the newspaper, listen to your iPod, work on your laptop, chew gum, use your cell phone or talk to other people while waiting in the back of the courtroom.

Don’t make faces or roll your eyes or otherwise show negative reactions to something happening in the court.

Don’t ignore or treat non-judge members of the court staff poorly.