Can a defendant’s family come to court?

In general, the more family support a defendant has, the better it is for a defendant and the case. In most cases, we encourage as many family members to come to court appearances as is possible.

There are some situations, however, where a large family showing may not help. For example, many people in the courtroom may complicate matters when a confidential informant is testifying in a pretrial evidentiary hearing.

Also, some judges do not like children in the courtroom. The attorney appointed to the case can give more details about the best times for the family to come to court.

Make sure that all cell phones and pagers are turned off before coming into court.