Court Room Etiquette

Here are a few tips on how to behave in court

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Important business is conducted in court and the outcome of proceedings can have a dramatic effect on the lives of those involved. For those reasons, everyone in court is expected to behave reasonably and respond to any instructions given by the judge or court officials. Failure to follow some simple guidelines could lead to a finding of contempt of court, which may result in a fine or even imprisonment.

Tips for good courtroom etiquette include:

  • Arrive in good time for your case, dressed appropriately and not under the influence of drink or drugs.
  • Remain quiet until your case is called.
  • Be polite and courteous to the judge, other court users and court officials.
  • Smoking, eating and drinking are not allowed in courtrooms.
  • You should not read in the courtroom unless asked to by the judge.
  • Taking audio or video recordings or photographs is not allowed in courtrooms.
  • Other than guide dogs, pets are not allowed in courtrooms.
  • Do not bring unnecessary items or items that could be used as a potential weapon to court as they will be liable to confiscation.
  • Children under 14 are not normally allowed in a courtroom unless they are giving evidence, or have the court’s prior approval to attend for educational purposes.
  • You are expected to stand up when the judge comes into or leaves court. You will know this is happening when the macer announces ‘court’
  • And please don’t forget to switch your mobile phone off.

HMA V RUSSELL IRVINE & HELEN PATTERSON

Monday, 9 September, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Aberdeen Lord Doherty imposed an extended sentence of 11 years on Russell Irvine and an extended sentence of 10 years on Helen Paterson after they pled guilty to abduction, assault and robbery and the Royal Mile pharmacy in Edinburgh.

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HMA v PAUL QUINN & THOMAS STEVENSON

Friday, 6 September, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Pentland imposed extended sentences on Paul Quinn and Thomas Stevenson after they pled guilty to assault and robbery on an elderly man in Stevenston, Ayrshire, on 12 May 2012. Paul Quinn was sentenced to 6 years 4 months imprisonment with an extension part of 4 years. Thomas Stevenson was sentenced to 6 years 9 months imprisonment with and extension part of 4 years.

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HMA V ALLAN KENNETH BAKER

Wednesday, 28 August, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Allan Kenneth Baker to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 19 years after he was found guilty of the murder of John Weir on the 3rd of January 2013.

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HMA v STEVIE SEAN ANGUS

Tuesday, 27 August, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Aberdeen Lord Doherty sentenced Stevie Sean Angus to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 17 years after he was found guilty of the murder of Aaron Arthur in Peterhead on 17 December 2012.

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HMA v MARTIN GOULD

Friday, 23 August, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow Lord Pentland sentenced Martin Gould to six years imprisonment after he pled guilty to attempted murder on 31 March 13 in Glasgow.

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