Tips for going to court

  1. Get legal advice.
  2. If you’ve received a summons, read it carefully.
  3. Telephone the court ahead of the hearing day to arrange an interpreter if you need one.
  4. Dress in clean, smart clothing.
  5. Arrive at the court well before your hearing time, especially if you need to speak to a Legal Aid duty lawyer about your case.
  6. Speak to court staff at the registry counter on your arrival at the court.
  7. Do not leave the court before your case is called.
  8. Bow towards the magistrate when entering and leaving the courtroom. You should address the magistrate as “Your Honour” or “Sir” (if male), “Madam” (if female).