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Tag: court etiquette

  • The Court’s Code of Conduct
    Posted by on 7 Nov 2011
    Walk into any court room and you will automatically feel the respect and formality everywhere you look. I always find there is something very solemn and revered about the Court where the truth is separated from the lies, judgments are weighed and delivered and precedents set for future generations to follow. It is only befitting that such an atmosphere would have its special code of conduct. You can call it the CCC, or triple C or even C3 but whatever you call it, the Court’s Code of Conduct is something everyone should add to that area of the brain where etiquette and netiquette mingle and socialise. Whether it’s theLocal Court, Family Court or High Court there are certain things that should be (or not be) done when in them. However before the list of Dos and Don’ts is presented, do let’s take a walk down tradition lane. I don’t know about you but it seems that the first question I get asked when people know I am a solicitor is “Do you wear a wig?” My reply is always “not yet, my hair is still intact.” However there is more behind my not wearing a wig than my head-full of hair. Introduced in the 1680s, wigs became part of the court attire and as time passed so did their function. Nowadays, the wig is worn by judges and barristers appearing in the Family court, Supreme Court or High Court. Which leads to the second most asked question “What is the difference between a barrister and a solicitor?” In a nutshell, a solicitor is the lawyer who will handle the case from the get go, prepare the documents and handle the everyday running of the matter. A barrister is the lawyer who will go to Court at Hearings, the one who will cross examine witnesses and is usually easily spotted by their traditional black robes. Another person you will come across in court is a Court Officer. An officer is the one who will make sure the parties names are called out before court, a document is handed up to the Bench (where the Judge or magistrate sits) from the Bar (the table faci