Now to try and settle the most burning argument. It is not a law to dress nice for court or have your shirt tucked in. It is, however, good courtroom etiquette. If you want to be taken seriously and appear you take your case seriously, no matter how trivial the charge, you dress to impress. It does go a long way and I have seen people get breaks for it and judges who comment about it. Your summons should tell you of a standard dress code. I have never arrested anyone for not dressing correctly. You can dress as you like but depending on what it is you may be asked to leave the courtroom and have to wait for your case to be called.
Pronounced "Oh Yay!" This is the start of a bailiffs day. In some state codes it is required that the bailiff make this proclamation to the entire court.
"ALL RISE! Oh yea, oh yea, oh yea! Silence is commanded on pain of imprisonment while the honorable Judge (Name) is on the bench. All those having warrants to prosecute, pleas to enter, or any other business before this court come forward and you shall be heard. God save the (State) and this honorable court. There will be no talking while his Honor is on the bench. Ladies and gentlemen you may now be seated."
What a mouthful. But it must be said everyday. I hate it, you hate it, we all hate it but it has to be done.
I have great relationships with most lawyers because not all lawyers are bad and evil and live up to the stereotype. I have met some lawyers that are pretty dumb and shouldn't be lawyers but most know what they are doing and have been doing it for a long time. I always appreciated any heads up a lawyer could give regarding speaking with their clients if they are in custody. If you are nice to me I go out of my way to ensure your courtroom experience goes as you want it. Just remember that we see all the work you do and we know who the good ones are and we do make recommendations (off duty) on who we think is the best.
Coming dressed in military clothes, be it Class A or otherwise, can be a tactic to get out of certain judgments. I always go out of my way to thank the military for their service because I work with vets even though I was never in myself. Judges also thank you for your service but do not particularly like it when you come dressed in BDU's. If you insist on showing your affiliation, stick with Class A.
This is a pet peeve of mine. While respect for fellow law enforcement is ever present, it is NEVER a good idea to bring a weapon on your personal business. Getting offended when asked for it can also get you reported to your supervisor and you could get fired.
While general disorder can land you in jail, a majority of the time we just ask you to leave. We try everything to ensure you don't go to jail because that's just more paperwork. You act a fool, your case will be last.
Listening to people testify and argue is very entertaining. It is really hard to keep your composure if something very funny happens.
If you think the judge or bailiff have the most power in the court you would be wrong. By statutes we may have all the power but clerks are the ones truly in charge. They run everything and ensure the courts run smoothly.