Frequently Asked Questions

Observing a Court


If you wish to attend court and observe proceedings please check the timings for the hearing on the court list.

When you attend court please remember the following;

  • Court hearings are open to the public (unless expressed otherwise on the court list).  This means you are able to attend.
  • There is no admission for children under 14 and proof of age may be requested.
  • Please try to be seated before the hearing starts.  If you are coming into, or leaving, the court room whilst the bench is sitting please do so as quietly as possible to avoid disruption.
  • You may take water into the court room.  Any other beverages are at the discretion of the court staff.
  • You may not take notes unless you have permission from the court.
  • You may not take a recording of proceedings.
  • No photography
  • Please switch mobile phones off or put them on silent.

 If you have been summoned to give evidence in a case, you may not observe proceedings until after you have given evidence.  If you are unsure, please ask a member of the court team.