Whether you’re being summoned to court, or just decide to sit in a trial (did you know most courtrooms are open to the public?), it’s important to remember that court is a serious place that deserves respect.
It’s important to be aware of the expectations in court, so to better prepare you for the courtroom, we’ve listed out 7 rules of etiquette you should know before attending a trial.
Be Punctual – Arriving on time is important in any circumstance, and court is definitely no exception. If you show up late to your own hearing, enter the room quietly and sit down. When there’s a break make sure it’s known to a clerk that you have arrived.
No Pictures – Did you know it’s a criminal offence to take a photograph in court? Even if you’re seen with a camera security could take it away from you during the trial (and yes – this includes your phone). Not only are pictures not allowed, members of the public are not even permitted to use any electronic