What Should I Wear to Court?

The Ins and Outs of Attending Court

Attending court can be a daunting thought, and for many, a new experience. Without having been to court previously, it is difficult to know the protocols of attending. There are a number of reasons why there is a requirement to attend Court. You might be:

  • An accused person
  • A witness in either a criminal or civil trial
  • A party in a civil trial
  • A victim of crime
  • A juror
  • An interested party
  • Paying fines.

Key Protocols
There are several key protocols to follow when going to court, and there is an expectation that they are met by every person who enters a courtroom:

  • Upon entering and exiting the room, acknowledge the judge and jury by pausing at the door and bowing your head towards the Coat of Arms located behind the Judicial Officer.
  • Stand when the Judge or Magistrate enters the room
  • Stand whenever the Judge or Commissioner is talking to you, or if you are talking to them
  • The following are not permitted in the courtroom:
    • Talking
    • Wearing hats
    • Smoking
    • Eating or chewing gum
    • Video or other cameras, tape recorders, two-way radios or other electronic equipment
  • You must turn off your mobile phone
  • Dress code is neat and smart – a suit is not necessary. It is inappropriate to wear singlets, thongs, hat or sunglasses
  • Addressing the Judge or Magistrate as ‘Your Honour’, ‘Sir’, or ‘Madam’

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