How to Get Ready for Court

This section helps you get ready to go to court.

Court Rules

Most courts have local rules that everyone in court must follow. These rules include:

  • What you can and cannot wear to court
  • How to talk to the judge and other people in court.

Click here to find the local rules for your county on the Administrative Office of the Courts website.  Some counties put information on their court websites.  Click on your county name on this map or list to find out if your court has a website.

There are guidelines and videos that may help you understand and prepare for general sessions court.  Click here to read the guidelines.  The guidelines are also available in Spanish here.  Click here to watch the videos.  

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The legal aid agencies listed below have information at their websites that can help you get ready for court and to represent yourself.

Important! Court employees are not allowed to make referrals to lawyers, do legal research, or give legal advice.