Showing Up For Criminal Court
Find out which court house
The courthouse should be listed on the paperwork you received from the police officer who issued you the ticket or offense. HERE are some local courthouses.
Find out your court date
Making sure you do not miss your court date is very important. Click HERE to see when your court date is in Brunswick County.
What to do before Court
For certain offense, you may hire an attorney to appear in Court for you. However, others require you to actually appear on your court date.
If you have small children, you should find a babysitter.
Prepare to be in court for at least three hours. It will be crowed, and it may take some time before your name is called.
Make sure to dress appropriately. Gentleman, tuck in your shirts, and no shorts. Ladies, show no mid-riff. If you dress inappropriately, you may be asked to exit the courtroom.
Leaving your cellphone in the car is a good idea. If you must bring it in, make sure to leave it on silent.
If you are unsure which courtroom your case is located, you can call or visit the Clerk of Court’s office prior to your court date and they will provide you with that information.
What to do during Court
Arrive at the courthouse as early as possible. Find your assigned courtroom. When you enter the courtroom, sit as close to the front as possible to hear the bailiff, judge, and your attorney in case they call your name. Listen carefully for your name.
Keep any talking in the courtroom to a minimum.
What happens if you don’t go to Court
If you don’t show up for your court date, then the Court may issue an order for your arrest or revoke your driver’s license. . If you miss your date, immediately speak to someone in the Clerk of Court’s office to explain your circumstances. You may be assigned another date, you may not. It’s always better to just show up on the date you are assigned.