What to do when you arrive

 

Find the right courtroom

When you arrive, you need to check with registry staff which courtroom your case will be heard in, as many courthouses have more than one courtroom. 

Some courts will have support workers available outside the courtrooms to help you find the right place to go.  If you need help go to the court registry office and ask for assistance.

Contact a court officer

Go to the courtroom where your case is listed and let the court officer know that you have arrived.  Court officers will often wear a red badge and will be going in and out of the courtroom calling names and checking who is there. You should not enter the courtroom until you are called. 

The court officer will tell you where to wait and can let you know where to go to see the duty lawyer.

Be sure to tell the court officer if you are leaving the area at any time so your case is not heard without you. If a lawyer is representing you, find your lawyer and work out where to wait until your case is called.

If you are at court for an apprehended violence application, you may be able to wait in a safe room. Check with the court officer if there is a safe room or court support service staff who can assist you.

Find out more at Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services.

When will your case be heard?

The magistrate or judge decides the order of cases.  You should avoid making other appointments on that day and you should ensure that you have appropriate child care arrangements in place because you may be at court for a number of hours. The court officer will call your name when it is time for your case to be dealt with.