Wise County
County Court at Law No. 2
Judge Stephen J. Wren, Presiding


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Courtroom Decorum

Conduct

Order shall be maintained at all times.  Violation of this or any rule can result in a reprimand by the Judge, expulsion from courtroom or contempt of court, which could result in a FINE AND/OR 3 DAYS IN JAIL.

At the discretion of Court Security (Bailiff) any persons entering the courts may be subject to a pat search at any time and inspection of any items carried into the courtroom.

All attorneys and parties should always be on time for Court appointments or sessions.

Rise when the Judge enters and remain standing until the Judge or Bailiff announces “Be seated”, or until the Judge is seated.  Rise when the Judge exits the Courtroom and while addressing the Court or jury.

Do not approach the Judge’s bench without permission.

Do not speak or interrupt the Judge when he is speaking.

A party should not by facial expression, nodding, nor other conduct exhibit any opinion, adverse or favorable, concerning any testimony which is being given by a witness.  The attorney should privately admonish his or her own clients and witnesses to avoid such conduct.

Weapons

For your safety, weapons of all types (guns, chemical spray, knives, etc.) are NOT PERMITTED on courthouse property or in the courtroom unless you are a member of law enforcement in the discharge of your duties.  Having a concealed handgun permit is NOT an exception to this rule.

Electronic Devices (Computers/Tablets/iPads/Cell Phones/ Pagers)

It is strongly recommended that you leave cell phones and pagers in your vehicle.  If this is not possible, these devices must be placed on silent mode.  Use of cell phones, pagers, computers, tablets and iPads in the Courtroom is prohibited (except for use by counsel).  Failure to obey this rule may result in the Bailiff confiscating your electronic device during the proceedings.

 

Attire

All persons present in the Courtroom shall be dressed in a manner that shows dignity and respect for the Court.   The following is NOT appropriate dress:

  • Sunglasses

  • Hats/Caps

  • Shorts/cut-offs

  • Tank Tops/Halter Tops/Tube Tops/T-shirts/Spaghetti Straps

  • Mini-Skirts

  • Baggy-Saggy Pants/Pajama Top or Bottoms

  • Flip-Flop Shoes

  • Shirts with violent or offensive logos, pictures or writings

  • Provocative clothing designed or worn to provoke emotion or disruption

  • Spandex or see-through clothing

All clothing should be neat and clean.

A male attorney appearing in Court should be dressed with a coat, shirt and necktie. 

A female attorney should wear comparable conservative attire.

Items Prohibited in Courtroom

  • Weapons of any type (guns, chemical spray, knives, etc.)

  • Use of any type of recording device/camera/cell phones/pagers

  • Computers/iPads/Tablets (except for those used by counsel

  • Food/drinks (except for water at counsel tables)

  • Inappropriate attire (see above)

  • Use of Tobacco Products in any form

 


COUNTY COURT AT LAW NO. 2
1007 13th Street, Suite 109
Bridgeport, Texas  76426
Telephone:  940-683-0268
Fax:  940-683-0269
ccl2@co.wise.tx.us