Visiting The Court - Things To Know
Requests for Accommodations
If you have business with the Court and require accommodations because of a disability please contact the Court in advance. The Court requires notification in advance in order to provide certain accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter. For more information on the Courtís ADA Policy and requesting accommodations please refer to the ADA section of this website.
Individuals attending court sessions should dress neatly and appropriately. Shorts, hats, and tank tops are examples of inappropriate attire.
Enter the courtroom quickly and quietly. The bailiff will remove individuals who are not quiet while court is in session. No laughing, whispering, giggling, talking or applauding, nor gum chewing, eating or drinking is allowed in the courtroom. All electronic devices, such as cellular phones and pagers, must be in silent mode or turned off.
Arranging Your Visit to the Courthouse
Self-guided tours and courtroom observation may be arranged by contacting the Juror & Public Services Manager at (559) 457-1605. Visits may be scheduled for Monday through Friday during court hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m..
Visits should be scheduled with the Juror & Public Services Manager at least 2 weeks prior to the date you would like to visit. Discuss your group's interests with the Juror & Public Services Manager, including any request for informational presentations by a judge, commissioner, or deputy sheriff. You must call the Juror & Public Services Manager the day before your visit for confirmation and your agenda.
The court will attempt to accommodate any sized group. It may be necessary, however, to limit the number of individuals entering a courtroom during ongoing proceedings. Generally, trial courtrooms can accommodate larger groups. Large groups may want to split into smaller groups to enable observation of courtrooms with limited space.
Visiting the Courthouse
Entering the Courthouse
The lobby has a metal detector and an airport type x-ray machine for screening purposes. All weapons, including pocketknives of all sizes, tear gas, stun guns, scissors, knitting needles, etc., cannot be brought into the courthouse. Even the smallest of these objects will not be allowed. Food and beverages, including water, cannot be brought into the courthouse. Water fountains are located on each floor by the restrooms.
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