Courtroom Rules of Conduct

The following rules are intended to protect the dignity and seriousness of court proceedings. They apply to all persons who enter the courtrooms of the courts of Branch County, including attorneys, litigants, witnesses, jurors, and interested observers. The same rules apply to the Magistrate and Referee Hearing Rooms.

1. No still or video cameras, camera phones, or audio recording devices shall be used in any courtroom without prior permission of the Court.

2. All cell phones, pagers, and similar electronic or communication devices must be turned off or set for silent notification if brought into a courtroom and individuals may not use or answer such devices while in the courtroom.

3. Eating, drinking (including bottled water) and gum chewing are not allowed in the courtroom, except the water provided by the Court.

4. Proper attire is required and no shorts, halter tops, swimwear, or revealing garments such as tank tops shall be worn in the courtroom.

5. Men must remove their hats, caps, and hoods in the courtroom.

6. No unnecessary talking, noise, or other distractions will be permitted in the courtroom.

7. Persons appearing in the courtroom while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs shall be subject to arrest.

PERSONS WHO VIOLATE THESE RULES MAY BE REMOVED FROM THE COURTROOM AND THEY MAY BE SUBJECT TO FINES, INCARCERATION, OR BOTH FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT. DEVICES OR ITEMS WHICH ARE USED IN VIOLATION OF THESE RULES SHALL BE SUBJECT TO SEIZURE.

Contact

15th Circuit Court

Hours
Monday – Friday
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Closed from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Phone
517.279.4304

Fax
517.279.5110

Address
Second Floor
Courthouse
31 Division St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Staff
P. William O’Grady
Circuit Judge

Pamela Gilchrest
Court Administrator

Madison Black
Courtroom Video Clerk

Carl Sevidal
Court Security Officer

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