Court Etiquette, Standards of Conduct & Security
It is the Apache Junction Municipal Court commitment to provide court users with some guidelines to help them navigate and understand court requirements. On this page you will find information on (1) the Standards of Conduct & Attire, (2) Court Security Requirements, and (3) Photographic & Video Recording Rules.
Standards of Conduct & Attire
- It is important to remember that appearance and conduct are important when coming to Court. You must conduct yourself in a respectful manner reflecting dignity and respect for the Court. It is also very important to be on time for a court appearance. Be sure to allow ample time for traffic and parking. Be sure to check-in at the front counter when you arrive for your scheduled court session.
- Please wear suitable clothing. While clothing need not be formal, no one will be allowed in the courthouse without shoes or a shirt.
- Unacceptable courtroom attire; shorts, hats (all types), muscle shirts, tank tops and mid-drifts, t-shirts or other clothing items displaying offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, gang related, obscene language and or graphics, provocative clothing styled, or worn to disrupt/distract. If any of these items are worn, the court will provide you with a t-shirt to wear which you can take home.
- Avoid bringing small children to court. If it is necessary to do so, please monitor their behavior so that they remain quiet at all times. Parents may be asked to leave the courtroom if their child becomes noisy or unruly. It is also important that children are quiet while waiting in the lobby. The court staff conducts business at the counter and on the phones and excessive noise in the lobby interferes with their ability to provide service to others.
- While in the courtroom, sit quietly when court is in session. Do not chat or whisper with others. Court proceedings are being recorded and background conversations can interfere with the audibility of this important record.
- All pagers, cell phones, or other electronic devices should be turned off before entering the courtroom.
- When addressing the Judge, stand a few feet back from the bench. Do not lean on the Judge’s bench.
The Court also asks that you be patient as it can sometimes be very busy. Checking in at the counter and waiting in the area you are directed to will ensure that you will be helped in a timely manner.
People entering the courthouse must pass through a metal detector and may be subject to search. Purses, briefcases or other containers will be required to pass through an X-ray machine and may also be subject to search. Weapons including, but not limited to, pocketknives, tools, mace or other personal protection devices are strictly prohibited within the courthouse facility.
The Apache Junction Municipal Court follows PINAL COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 2020-00009 relating to use of photographic and video recording devices.
The Apache Junction Municipal Court has security personnel who are stationed at the main entrance to the court.
Everyone who visits the court must pass through a metal detector and must place all personal belongings on an X-ray machine to be viewed. In addition, your personal belongings may be subject to a search.
The following is a list of items that are not allowed in to the courthouse under any circumstances:
- Food and drink, including water. Drinking fountains are located in the courthouse lobby for your convenience.
- Weapons. This includes, but is not limited to, guns (with or without a concealed weapons permit), knives (including Swiss Army and Leatherman tools), chains, mace and batons. The Court's definition of weapons also includes items that could be used as weapons. These include, but are not limited to, various tools, kitchen utensils and nail files.
- Large bags. Please limit the size of bag you bring to the court. Oversized or heavy bags may not be allowed in the courtroom.
Please note: This list is not exhaustive, and security has full discretion when deciding what may or may not be brought in to the courthouse.
PHOTOGRAPHIC AND VIDEO RECORDING DEVICES IN PINAL COUNTY COURTHOUSES
The Apache Junction Municipal Court follows Pinal County Superior Court Administrative Order 201900028 (click link for document) REGULATING USE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC AND VIDEO RECORDING DEVICES IN PINAL COUNTY COURTHOUSES AND OTHER COURT FACILITIES OUTSIDE OF COURTROOMS