Court Rules of Attire and Conduct

Rules of Attire


Unacceptable attire includes, but is not limited to:
  • Shorts and cut-offs
  • Muscle shirts
  • Clothing with offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, obscene, or suggestive words, slogans, depictions, or pictures, including grotesque characters
  • Clothing that is dirty, torn, or ragged
  • Clothing that is too tight or too short
  • Hats

Rules of Conduct


  • Be on time.
  • Do not argue with the Court.
  • Address the judge as Your Honor.
  • Address opposing parties, counsel, witnesses, and court officials as Mr., Mrs., Miss, Officer, etc. Do not use first names except with children age 14 or younger.
  • Do not read newspapers, magazines, books, etc., in the courtroom during proceedings.
  • Do not talk at the same time as the judge, court officials, opposing counsel, or witnesses.
  • Racist, sexist, obscene, or profane language and gestures are prohibited unless it is pertinent to a case, elicited, and quoted from facts in the case.
  • Do not enter and disrupt the courtroom excessively.
  • Do nothing to disturb or distract the court, counsels, witnesses, or other court officials.
  • Children must not create a disturbance or they will be kept out of the courtroom.
  • Do not approach the judge's bench without permission.
  • Do not rest arms or hands on the bench.
  • Rise when the judge enters and remain standing until the judge or bailiff announces to be seated or until the judge is seated.
  • Rise when the judge exits the courtroom.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the courtroom.
The City of Hiram Municipal Court and the Hiram Police Department work together in providing a safe and secure area for residents as well as local businesses. If you have questions concerning Court Services, contact us at 770-943-3087, ext. 2012.