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 Mark Wright

Tuesday, 5 July, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 5 July, Judge Arthurson imposed a six year prison sentence on Mark Wright and disqualified him from driving for six years after the accused pled guilty to charges of assault and armed robbery, and dangerous driving in residential areas while pursued by the police.

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HMA v Michael Starrs

Monday, 4 July, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 4 July 2016, Lady Rae imposed an extended sentence of nine years on Michael Starrs after the accused was found guilty of a catalogue of violent offences against women, including rape. The custodial part of the sentence is seven years followed by an extension period of two years on licence.

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HMA v Daniel Severin aka Hutcheon

Friday, 1 July, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 1 July 2016, Lord Beckett imposed an extended sentence of 12 years on Daniel Severin after the accused was found guilty of raping three women. The custodial term is nine years, followed by an extension period of three years on licence.

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HMA v Gordon Patrick Collins

Wednesday, 29 June, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 29 June 2016, Lady Wise sentenced Gordon Collins to six years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape and sexual abuse.

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HMA v Graham Alexander Higgins

Thursday, 23 June, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 23 June 2016, Lord Armstrong sentenced Graham Alexander Higgins to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 21 years after the accused was found guilty of murder, attempted murder, and assault.

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