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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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Related FAQs

Q.Are courts always open to the public? Can anyone attend court?
Q.Can I bring my child into court with me? What age do you have to be to attend court?
Q.How do I address a judge in court?
Q.What do you do when you arrive at a court for jury service or as a witness?
Q.What happens if I am late for court or break any of the other rules?
Q.What should I wear in court?

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The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) is responsible for providing the staff, buildings and technology to support Scotland’s courts, the work of the independent judiciary, the courts’ Rules Councils and the Office of the Public Guardian. The Board of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service is chaired by the Lord President. Visit the SCTS website www.scotcourts.gov.uk for details of daily court business including court locations, contact numbers, rules, guidance and advice for both professional users and members of the public.

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