DCR 3.105 Courtroom Decorum

(a) Spectators will not be permitted to consume food or beverage in the courtroom. Spectators will not engage in any activity that interferes with giving attention to the court proceedings.

(b) No spectator, counsel or party shall carry a sign or display pins, buttons or other materials which is designed to communicate a position or message to others while a trial is proceeding.

(c) Application of Rule. This rule shall apply to any building occupied or used by the Court, and to the environs of any such building. It shall be in effect at all times that judges or court personnel are present whether or not court proceedings are actively under way.

(d) Persons Subject to Search. All persons seeking entry to a courtroom are subject to search by the Sheriff or other officers designated by the Sheriff or by the Court. Such search may include briefcases, parcels, purses or other containers carried by persons seeking entry to a courtroom.

(e) Weapons. With the exception of weapons carried by law enforcement personnel, who are on active duty and are permitted to carry such weapons by their law enforcement agency, no weapons or ammunition other than exhibits shall be permitted in any courtroom. Any firearm, weapon or ammunition intended for introduction as an exhibit shall be presented to the Sheriff for a safety check prior to its being brought into any courtroom. Prior to any witness handling an exhibit consisting of a firearm or weapon, it shall be disabled to the satisfaction of the Court by a law enforcement officer or the Sheriff or other officers designated by the Sheriff.

(f) Addressing the Court. Attorneys or pro se litigants shall rise when addressing the court, and shall make all statements to the court from the counsel table or the lectern facing the court. They shall not approach the bench, except upon the permission of the court.

(g) Questioning Witnesses. While questioning witnesses, attorneys or pro se litigants shall stand at the counsel table or at the lectern. They shall not approach the witness except with the Court's permission. Only one attorney for each party may participate in the examination or cross-examination of a witness.

(h) Exhibits. Unless otherwise directed by the Court, all trial exhibits admitted into evidence in criminal and civil actions, which are not suitable for filing and transmission to the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court, shall be retained in the custody of the party offering them, subject to the orders of the court. Such exhibits shall include, but not be limited to, the following types of bulky or sensitive exhibits: Narcotics and other controlled substances, firearms, ammunition, explosive devices, jewelry, liquor, poisonous or dangerous chemicals, bio-hazardous materials, money or articles of high monetary value, counterfeit money, and documents or physical exhibits of unusual bulk or weight.

At the conclusion of a trial or proceeding, the party offering such exhibits shall retain custody of them and be responsible to the court for preserving them in their condition as of the time admitted until any appeal is resolved or the time for appeal has expired. The party retaining custody shall make such exhibits available to opposing counsel for use in preparation of an appeal and be responsible for their safe transmission to the appellate court, if required. Such party shall be responsible for documentation of the chain of custody of such exhibits. This requirement shall satisfy the trial court's obligation pursuant to K.S.A. 21-4206(1).

Revised: July 15, 2009