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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Juvenile: When You Get To Juvenile Court

When You Go to Court

When appearing at any Juvenile Court, be aware of the following:


Dress Code

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. 

  1. Pants must not sag below the waist or be worn in such a manner that otherwise exposes undergarments.
  2. Tank tops, strapless tops and other clothing revealing excessive skin shall not be worn.
  3. Shorts and mini-skirts are not allowed.
  4. Baseball hats, stocking caps and knit caps must not be worn in the courtroom.
  5. Clothing must not display inappropriate writing or pictures, including references to violence, alcohol, drugs, or sexual matter.
  6. 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:

  1. Minors must be accompanied by, and appear in court with, a parent or legal guardian.
  2. 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.
  3. Glass containers are not allowed to be brought into the public areas of the building.
  4. Food, drinks and chewing gum are not permitted while in the courtroom.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.


Weapons Notification

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:

Any firearms Knives of ANY type or blade size Miscellaneous sharp items
Stun guns Scissors Pieces of heavy-duty wire
Gun-shaped lighters Razors or box cutters Chains over 24 inches in length
Toy or replica guns All "exacto" type tools Laser pointers
BB or pellet guns Screwdrivers Skateboards
All bullets and ammunition Pliers Skates
Aerosol spray cans (large cans of hair spray) Wrenches Needles/syringe (non-diabetic or without a prescription)
Tear gas Hammers Handcuffs
Animal repellent Ice picks Handcuff keys
Torch lighters Darts Tape recording devices
Butane fuel Letter openers 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


Nearby Services

The following services are available in or near the Juvenile Courthouse.

Parking 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.
Copy Machines 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.


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