Visiting the Courthouse
Requests for Accommodations
If you have business with the court and require accommodations because of a disability, please contact the court 5 days in advance to the day you need accommodation at the court. The court requires notification in advance in order to provide certain accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter. For more information on requesting accommodations and the court’s ADA procedures, please refer to the ADA section of this Website.
Entering the Courthouse
Each entrance has a metal detector and an airport type x-ray machine for screening purposes. All weapons, including pocketknives of all sizes, tear gas, stun guns, scissors, knitting needles, etc., cannot be brought into the courthouse. Even the smallest of these objects will not be allowed. Food and beverages, including water, cannot be brought into the courthouse. However, there are vending machines and water fountains are located on each floor in the hallways. For more information, please refer to the Court Security section of this Website.
Courtroom Etiquette and Proper Dress
Individuals attending court sessions should dress neatly and appropriately. All electronic devices, such as cellular phones, etc., must be in silent mode or turned off. Enter the courtroom quickly and quietly. The bailiff will remove individuals who are not quiet while court is in session. No laughing, whispering, giggling, talking, or applauding, nor gum chewing, eating, or drinking is allowed in the courtroom.
Arranging Your Visit to the Courthouse
Tours may be arranged by contacting the Court's Executive Assistant at (209) 533-5650.
The courthouse is a public building and you are free to visit many areas. Most courtrooms are available to the public, but some matters may not be suitable for children. Additionally, certain cases are confidential by law and, therefore, are not available for public observation. Court proceedings may be observed unless the case is confidential. If the case is confidential, a sign will be posted at the door of the courtroom.
Parking is located on the upper lot near the main entrance of the courthouse. (Note: Please do not try to park in gated parking lot, it is for employees only.)