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Courts and Tribunals Tasmania

Court Etiquette 

Attention to the following matters will assist you during your visit to the Magistrates Court of Tasmania. 

Visitors to the Court will be required to comply with the Court's security arrangements. This could involve passing through a metal detector upon entry. Fewer bags and metal objects assist in faster completion of security screening.

Visitors must obey the instructions of all Court officers and security guards while on Court premises.

Tape recorders and cameras are not permitted in any Court building without specific approval. Special rules apply to representatives of the Media.

Weapons are not permitted in any Court building. Although special rules apply to police officers, they are not permitted to take firearms into a Court room.

Radio receivers or transmitters (including mobile phones) and pagers must be switched "off" when in any Court room, unless the presiding judicial officer permits otherwise.

Food or drink must not be taken into any Court room.

Students should limit the size of each group so as to leave adequate seating available in Court rooms for parties to the proceedings and for other members of the public. 

Visitors must comply with the presiding judicial officer's directions.

Visitors must comply with any order that prohibits publication of the proceedings.

Visitors should enter and leave Court rooms without undue delay while proceedings are in progress. Standing at the rear of the Court or in doorways is not permitted except with the permission of the presiding judicial officer.

Conversation in Court rooms must be restricted to that which is reasonably necessary and, in any event, it must not interfere with the proper conduct of the proceedings.

Some Court proceedings, for example, Youth Justice Courts, are closed to the public.  A "Closed Court" sign will be displayed.  Unless you are authorised by law to be present, you must not enter these Courts and must leave the Court room immediately upon being requested by a Court officer to do so.

A room in another building ('a remote site') that is connected by means of an audio link or an audio-visual link is part of the Court room while the link is in operation. Accordingly, the same standards of behaviour apply to persons who are present at the remote site as if they were present at the Court building.