This file includes three tipsheets:
1. "Top 10 Court Tips." This tipsheet provides a guide to the different types of courts and the documents used there, along with definitions of other terms.
2. "What to say if a judge closes the courtroom during a civil trial or hearing." This is a script, including a legal citation, to protest the closing of a courtroom.
3. "Covering the Courts: A Journalist's Guide to the California Court System." A document published by Sandi Gibbons, public information officer of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The preface reads: "You can take the editor out of the newsroom, but it's a little more difficult to take the newsroom out of the editor. The following is similar to memos that I wrote for reporters while editor of City News Service and city editor of the Daily News in an attempt to help those unfamiliar with the California judicial system cover the courts. Hopefully, it will acquaint you with our rather complex system and offer some basics and a couple of short cuts to save you from spinning your wheels when trying to get information."