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Court Etiquette

Etiquette Basics

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Courtroom etiquette refers to how you should dress and behave while in the courthouse, whether you are a participant, witness, juror, or a spectator.

The Oregon Judicial Department provides basic etiquette guidelines that apply to all courts in Oregon.

Wear clothing that is clean and dignified for the occasionDon't wear clothing that displays foul language or is revealing
Show respect for others, including court staffDon't belittle or insult the people helping you
Be considerate of others' sensitivitiesDon't wear strong purfumes or colognes
Arrive early to allow time to get through securityDon't bring contraband including weapons, food, drinks, sunglasses

Additional Considerations for Jurors

Please dress comfortably, but also have respect for the important role you have as a juror. As a juror you are the judge of the facts. You won't be wearing a black robe, but you should dress like you are doing serious business.

Jurors often spend many hours together in close quarters. Jurors should be respectful of their fellow jurors by reporting for service in clean clothes and without strong perfume or cologne. Jurors are permitted to bring food and drinks, but may be required to store them before going into a courtroom