When You Go to Court
When appearing at any Juvenile Court, be aware of the following:
Proper attire for a court appearance displays respect for the court and shows the court that you and your parent(s) take your case seriously. Persons who are not in proper attire will be required to remove or adjust improperly worn clothing.
- Pants must not sag below the waist or be worn in such a manner that otherwise exposes undergarments.
- Tank tops, strapless tops and other clothing revealing excessive skin shall not be worn.
- Shorts and mini-skirts are not allowed.
- Baseball hats, stocking caps and knit caps must not be worn in the courtroom.
- Clothing must not display inappropriate writing or pictures, including references to violence, alcohol, drugs, or sexual matter.
- For safety reasons, clothing with predominant colors that could be interpreted by others as symbolizing gang association must not be worn. Other items, tattoos and symbols that are associated with gang activity must not be displayed.
Conduct in the Juvenile Courthouse
All persons entering the Juvenile Courthouse must follow the procedures described below:
- Minors must be accompanied by, and appear in court with, a parent or legal guardian.
- Minors and their parents or guardians must check in at the time designated on the notice to appear. Thereafter they must:
- Sit in the designated area labeled for the courtroom in which the minor's hearing will be held; and
- Respond to their name being called by going to the courtroom door to meet attorneys, Probation Officers and/or court staff who require their presence in the interview rooms and the courtroom.
- Glass containers are not allowed to be brought into the public areas of the building.
- Food, drinks and chewing gum are not permitted while in the courtroom.
- Minors must not possess or smoke tobacco products. (Such conduct is unlawful and violators are subject to arrest by law enforcement officers on duty at the courthouse.)
- Cellular phones, pagers, alarms and any other electronic devices must be turned off or in vibrate mode while in the courthouse. If they make an audible noise in the courtroom, the bailiff will confiscate them.
Penal Code Section 171b prohibits bringing dangerous items into the building. Items not allowed in the court facility will be confiscated by a Sheriff's deputy. Refusal to submit to a search will result in denial of entry.
Items not allowed in court facilities:
||Knives of ANY type or blade size
||Miscellaneous sharp items|
||Pieces of heavy-duty wire|
||Razors or box cutters
||Chains over 24 inches in length|
|Toy or replica guns
||All "exacto" type tools
|BB or pellet guns
|All bullets and ammunition
|Aerosol spray cans (large cans of hair spray)
||Needles/syringe (non-diabetic or without a prescription)|
||Tape recording devices|
||Camera and/or video equipment|
|Excess clothing beyond what is reasonable for personal use and current weather conditions
||Food and beverages other than water (Meadow Lark Juvenile Court facility only)
||Other items that present a safety concern as determined by Sheriff's Department supervisors for each facility|
The following services are available in or near the Juvenile Courthouse.
||Parking at the Courthouses is free to the public.|
Spaces throughout the lots are reserved, and tickets will be given to unauthorized vehicles parked in those spaces.
||No copy machines are available to the public, but Business Office staff will make, at 50 cents per page, limited copies of documents contained in court files.|