Court etiquette

When attending court, there are certain rules and etiquette that you must follow.

  • When addressing the Coroner you must address them appropriately which is Sir for a male Coroner and Ma’am or Madam for a female.
  • There is no formal dress code, however the court asks for attendees to dress smart casual and to not wear any clothing that may cause offence, or be disrespectful.
  • You must stand whenever a coroner enters the court room and when they leave.

You must behave appropriately in court - if you do not you can be held in contempt of court, which includes:

  • Disobeying or ignoring a court order
  • Taking photos or shouting out in court
  • Refusing to answer the court’s questions if you’re called as a witness

If you are found to be in contempt of court, you can be removed from the court room, fined or imprisoned. In some circumstances you may be prosecuted.