Guidelines for Court Support
Being in court can be an uncomfortable and intimidating experience for many of us, but it’s important to remember why we’re all here:
to show solidarity with CeCe.
Bear in mind that our behavior in court can directly affect her treatment. The advice below is meant to help guide supporters in providing CeCe the best court support, and in avoiding any missteps that might negatively affect her directly or limit our collective ability to stand with her as she goes through this process.
- Remember that you’ll have to pass through security (metal detectors and possibly a search) to get into court. Leave any items that might not be admissible at home or in your car, and factor in extra time for security when planning your arrival.
- Dress nicely and remove your hat or hood in the courtroom. Do not chew gum or take any food or beverage into the courtroom.
- Put your cell phone on silent or turn it off and do not take it out in the courtroom.
- Do not bring children into the courtroom unless the judge has asked them to be there (ageist, we know, but the judge and bailiffs often ban children from the courtroom).
- Stand when the judge enters. The judge or clerk will tell you when to sit down.
- Listen carefully to the judge when he is speaking. He may be giving important information or announcing decisions.
- Do not speak from the gallery, as this could cause you to get kicked out of the courtroom and negatively affect CeCe.