If you have never been in a Court before, it can be difficult to know how you are expected to behave. To help you with this, here are a few DOs and DON'Ts to consider for your hearing.
|Dress appropriately for a formal environment||Raise your voice in the courtroom|
|Stand when the judge is entering and leaving the courtroom||Use a mobile device|
|Address the judge as 'judge'||Eat food in the courtroom|
|Stand when speaking to the court||Take photos or videos during your hearing|
|Turn your mobile phone off or put it on silent||Interrupt others|
|Take notes if necessary||Chew gum|
There is no expectation on you to know all of the courtroom formalities. Direction will also be provided during the case. For example, the judge or clerk will tell you where to sit when you enter the courtroom.
If you need a break you can ask the judge. Usually a judge will give instructions on when you can speak. For example if someone is interrupting, it would be normal for the judge to tell them that they will get a chance to speak after.