Courtroom Dress & Conduct Code


The following dress code for the Superior Court, State Court Juvenile Court and Drug Court of Wayne County is applicable to all persons entering the courtrooms of the four courts.


It appearing to the Court that a prescribed dress Code and a guideline for conduct in the courtroom is needed,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that all persons entering the courtrooms (in Wayne County) as spectators or participants shall be dressed in the following manner:

MALE: shall wear long pants, dress shirts and shoes; all shirts to be tucked in; are expected to wear collar (tie and coat recommended but optional).

FEMALE: shall wear dresses, long pants or skirts, blouses, shoes, shirts tucked in; no bare midriffs;  may wear a pantsuit, skirt or dress.


IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that there shall be no pagers nor cellular telephones in the courtroom. Any deviation from this order shall be approved on a case-by-case basis by the presiding judge.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this Order shall be provided to the Sheriff of Wayne County and filed in the minutes of the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court, State Court, Juvenile Court and Drug Court of Wayne County.

SO ORDERED, this 3rd day of May, 2002.

Superior Court (Brunswick Judicial Circuit)
E.M. Wilkes, III, Chief Judge, Superior Courts
Stephen G. Scarlett, Sr., Judge, Superior Courts
Anthony L. Harrison, Judge, Superior courts
Roger B. Lane, Judge, Superior Court

State Court of Wayne County
VI Bennett, Judge, State Court

Juvenile Court of Wayne County
Jerry Caldwell, Judge, Juvenile Court

Drug Court of Wayne County
Stephen D. Kelley, Judge, Superior Courts