Visiting Court Etiquette and Guidelines

On occasion, federal and state courts will hold session at the University of Washington School of Law. The public is asked to abide by the following etiquette and guidelines when attending a visiting court session at the law school:

  • -NO large bags or backpacks are permitted, small purses and briefcases are allowed, but are subject to search;
    -No one is to exit or enter the courtroom during argument;
    -Enter and exit only at the marked location(s);
    -No food or drink in the courtroom;
    -Cell phones, laptops, and all other electronic devices must be OFF, be aware that court proceedings may be recorded only with prior permission from the court;
    -Anyone entering the courtroom may be subject to search;
    -UW Police, U.S. Marshals and other security detail may be in and around the building to provide security for the judges;
    -Out of respect for the court, proper courtroom attire is preferred, but not required.

Please direct any questions about a visiting court session to the UW School of Law Public Information and Outreach Officer, Shari Ireton,

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