Coming into the courtroom

When you go into or leave the courtroom you need to bow slightly or nod your head to the judge.

When the judge goes into and out of the courtroom, everyone in the court will stand and bow. In the courtroom you are not allowed to:

  • eat or drink
  • wear a hat or sunglasses
  • talk while the judge and jury are present and when a witness is giving evidence
  • be disruptive at any time (comment loudly or shout abuse)
  • use your mobile phone for any reason – it must be turned off
  • have anything that could be used as a weapon
  • have a tape or voice recorder
  • have cameras or video recorders.

If you are finding it difficult to be quiet or composed while in court, you may leave at any time. There are areas in the court building where you can go to have a break and Court Network volunteers who can give you support if required.

For More Information

If you have any questions about being in court, or would like more information, contact the Witness Assistance Service (WAS) or Court Network.

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