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A Guide to Proper Courtroom Etiquette in Wisconsin

Posted by Nathan DeLadurantey | Sep 29, 2023

Courts in Wisconsin, like those across the United States, are institutions where justice is served, and the rule of law prevails. When you find yourself inside a courtroom, whether as a litigant, witness, attorney, or observer, it's essential to conduct yourself with utmost respect, professionalism, and decorum. In this blog post, we will provide a comprehensive guide on how to conduct yourself in a courtroom in Wisconsin, ensuring that you adhere to the rules and maintain the integrity of the judicial process.

  1. Dress Appropriately:

    • Dress in business or business-casual attire.
    • Avoid wearing clothing with offensive slogans or graphics.
    • Dress modestly and avoid excessive jewelry or accessories
  2. Punctuality Matters:

    • Arrive at the courtroom early or on time.
    • Allow extra time for security screenings and check-ins.
    • Tardiness can lead to penalties and disrupt proceedings.
  3. Silence and Respect:

    • Turn off or silence all electronic devices, including phones, before entering the courtroom.
    • Maintain silence and respect throughout the proceedings.
    • Do not engage in conversations, laughter, or disruptive behavior.
  4. Address the Judge with Respect:

    • Address the judge as "Your Honor."
    • Stand when the judge enters or leaves the courtroom.
    • Do not interrupt the judge or other speakers.
  5. Proper Courtroom Behavior:

    • Do not chew gum, eat, or drink in the courtroom.
    • Do not put your feet up on chairs or tables.
    • Do not lean on the judge's bench or jury box.
  6. Follow Courtroom Instructions:

    • Obey all orders and instructions from court personnel.
    • Wait for your turn to speak, and do not interrupt others.
    • Do not approach the bench without permission.
  7. Maintain Composure:

    • Remain calm and composed, regardless of the proceedings' outcome.
    • Do not show anger, frustration, or disrespect.
    • Do not make gestures, facial expressions, or audible comments.
  8. Address the Judge and Opposing Parties Respectfully:

    • Use proper titles and surnames when addressing the judge and other parties.
    • Avoid confrontational or disrespectful language.
    • Present your arguments and evidence courteously.
  9. Witness Testimony:

    • If you are a witness, answer questions clearly and truthfully.
    • Address your responses to the attorney who asked the question.
    • Do not volunteer information beyond the question asked.
  10. No Recording or Photography:

    • Do not record, photograph, or livestream court proceedings without prior authorization.
    • Unauthorized recording is strictly prohibited and may lead to legal consequences.
  11. Respect Court Decorum:

    • Understand that courtroom decorum includes both formal and unwritten rules of conduct.
    • Treat all individuals in the courtroom with respect, including court staff, attorneys, and fellow litigants.
  12. Follow the Law:

    • Abide by all court orders, including those related to conduct and behavior.
    • Failure to comply with court orders may result in contempt of court charges.


Conducting yourself appropriately in a Wisconsin courtroom is not only a matter of etiquette but also a legal obligation. Observing proper courtroom decorum ensures that the judicial process remains fair, orderly, and respectful of the rights and dignity of all parties involved. Whether you're a participant in a case or a spectator, adhering to these guidelines is crucial for upholding the integrity of the legal system in Wisconsin


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