10 Tips For Going To Court
Going to Court can be a daunting experience. We have put together “10 Tips For Going To Court” to help you understand what you will need to do on the day of your court appearance.
When going to court…
- Don’t be late. Most Courts start at 9.30am. You should aim to be there before the Court starts to ask questions or go through any last minute details with your solicitor.
- Wear neat, clean conservative clothes. Collared shirt, tie and trousers or suit for a man. Tailored dress or shirt & skirt for women. Wear dressy shoes if you can. No thongs ever!
- Your hair should be clean and tidy. Men should be clean shaven or have beards neatly trimmed. Women should ensure their hair is either tied back or clean and neatly brushed
- Do not take any sharp implements with you to Court. You will be going through security screening and if you are carrying a “weapon” you may be charged with further offences.
- If there is a possibility you may be given a custodial sentence, make sure you leave your valuables at home. You should carry a small amount of cash and leave the rest behind.
- Turn off your mobile phone before you enter the court. There is nothing more disruptive and disrespectful to the Judge or Magistrate than having a mobile phone ringing in Court.
- Remain calm and quiet while waiting for your case to be heard. The Magistrate or Judge will be observing you in Court while you are waiting. Don’t make a bad impression.
- The Judge or Magistrate in the Court is referred to as his honour or her honour. If you are addressing the Judge or Magistrate directly you should refer to them as “your honour”.
- When a Judge or Magistrate enters the Courtroom everyone is asked to stand. This is done as a mark of respect to the Court and the Court will then be in session.
- If you need to leave the Courtroom while the Court is in session turn back toward the Judge or Magistrate and bow your head to the bench before leaving the Courtroom.
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