Going to the courtroom is one of the hardest things for those who have never done it before.
If you have never been in the courtroom, it is important to brush up on what is allowed and what is not. Several acts are deemed “illegal” in the courthouse and therefore should be avoided at all cost unless you want to be jailed or fined.
Here are some of the acts that are deemed illegal when it comes to visiting the courthouse in your state.
1) Breaking Courtroom Decorum
This can include something as simple as not standing up when a judge arrives but can be as severe as yelling at the top of your lungs.
While a judge will be lenient to the former, they will not be to the latter as it is direct contempt of court and illegal. The same applies to using your cell phone or recording the proceedings at any stage without permission.
2) Tampering With Witnesses or Evidence
This is against the law and is not allowed.
It is important not to speak to the witness outside the courtroom as that can be construed as trying to influence them. If found guilty, there are additional charges that can be placed on you along with what is already in place.
It will also weaken your case in the courtroom.
The same applies to those who try to tamper with evidence.
3) Eating, Smoking, Drinking
Depending on the severity of what you are doing, this is illegal and not allowed in the courtroom.
A special area is created for those who wish to eat outside the courtroom, and it is best to head over there. Otherwise, you are not allowed to eat, smoke, or drink inside the courtroom at any stage.
Keep these in mind before you enter the courtroom.