Comedic Tidbit - Judge Finds Contempt for Xanax-Popping Tart (Pro-Tips for Pro Se Litigants)
This is actually quite hilarious. Judge Rodriguez-Chomat is dealing with a low-level offender, who is acting like Lindsey Lohan during her bail hearing/arraignment. The judge, of Hispanic descent, calls her back when she laughs, blows him off, and says "Adios". He bumps her bail. She then flips him off and tells him "Fuck you", to which she gets a 30 day sentence.
Now, what did we learn from this? ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS, be respectful to the Court. Too often I see both attorneys and lay people who do not treat the Court like a solemn institution. It kills me. If you are in court for a proceeding, dress your best, and dress conservatively. If all you own is a pair of khakis, wear them. If you don't have a white shirt and tie, find one. If you are female, wear a conservative skirt and blouse. Always address the court respectfully as "Your honor". Say "good morning" or "good afternoon". Explain to the court why you are there. NEVER interrupt the judge.
These are just a few things that help the Court take you seriously. And yes, this goes for attorneys too, who I have seen violate this wayyyyyy too often.
I know, I know, I said I'd be posting something substantive. This may be as close as we get :)