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Going to Court

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People attend court for many reasons.  They may be involved in the case such as the parties, lawyers, accused, witnesses, jurors or police officers. Members of the public may attend as the courts are open to the public except in certain circumstances. Certain standards of behaviour and dress must be observed in a court.

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Attending court


Some people are quite familiar with attending courts and court proceedings, but others might be worried at the prospect of going to court.

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Addressing a judge


Not sure how to address a judge in court?

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Court Room Etiquette

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Not sure how to behave if you are going to court.

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Inside a court room


Find out who's who in court

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Find out how to make a complaint about court staff or about a judge.

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Glossary of Legal Terms

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If you would like to know what some of the most commonly used legal terms in Scotland mean, you can find the answers here

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Have you got a question about judges or about going to court? You will find some answers here. If you don't find the answer to your question please contact us and we will add it to the list.

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