Courtroom Conduct

A trial is a serious and formal event. Dressing appropriately, following the rules set down by the judge and speaking respectfully shows respect for the court process.  

If you have any questions or want more information about court conduct, do not hesitate to ask the judge, Crown counsel or defence counsel. You can also ask court support workers, the sheriff or at the information desk.

Appearance

Dressing appropriately for court shows respect for the judge and process. Dress as if you were going to an important job interview. Wear comfortable clothes, because you may be in court for several hours. Keep your hands out of your pockets and do not chew gum. 

Courtroom Customs and Rules

It is important to speak to others in the courtroom in a respectful way. For example, use formal titles such as Your Honour for the judge and Mr., Ms., Miss or Mrs. (with their last name) for other adults. These titles are also appropriate for the Crown counsel. You may also say Mr. or Madam Crown counsel.

You are required to stand when the judge enters the courtroom and sit when you are told to. Speak calmly and clearly and stand when you speak to the judge or when he speaks to you. Also, to show respect, do not make faces when you do not like something that was said. Never argue with the judge or you may be found in contempt of court.

Be on time for the court hearing and do not leave the courtroom until your case is called.