Courtroom Rules & Protocols
The dignity of the Court is to be respected and maintained at all times.
Everyone unless physically challenged, must rise when the judges enter and remain standing until the presiding judge invites everyone to be seated. Similarly, when court adjourns, everyone stands in place until the judge are no longer visible. Standing in the courtroom may be permitted only at the discretion of the Clerk.
Counsel may address the Court when invited to do so. Only litigants and counsel associated with the case being argued may address the Court, unless a judge directs otherwise.
Attire for counsel and spectators should be restrained and appropriate to the dignity of the Pueblo of Santa Ana Tribal Court.
NO CHILDREN in courtroom unless permitted by the judge.
The following items are prohibited in the courtroom and adjacent lobby area:
- Recording or broadcasting devices;
- Cameras, including those contained in computers and other electronic devices;
- Food, gum chewing, and drink (except for the water provided at the counsel table);
- Computers (except for those to be used by counsel in argued cases);
- Phones must be turned off;
- NO Talking or Reading in Gallery or Inappropriate facial gestures or exaggerated gesticulating is forbidden;
- Repeated entrances and departures are to be avoided;
- Doorways and passageways should be kept clear at all times;
- No weapons of any sort with the exception of the Bailiff and Law Enforcement;
- NO shorts, hats, sunglasses, tank tops, or any type of revealing clothing allowed.
Courthouse Security Screening Process
All persons entering a courthouse must undergo security screening, which includes searching of all persons, clothing, packages, purses, briefcases and any other containers. Metal detecting hand wands/ scanners may be used to scan each individual who enters the facility.
Prohibited items that are not illegal to possess MUST be returned to the individual’s vehicle. Please ensure that you do not bring any items that are not appropriate.
The procedures outlined above can cause short delays on busy days. Visitors should plan to arrive a few minutes early, to avoid being late for scheduled court proceedings. Please understand that these procedures are for your safety, and the well-being of everyone who visits and works in our facility.
Thank you for your cooperation.