Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
Court Etiquette (Qld)
When you go to court, it is important to show your respect to the court by abiding by the rules of court etiquette. You can familiarise yourself with court etiquette by attending court and observing how people behave and the procedures that are followed. You can also find information about how to behave at court on the Queensland courts website.
Court is generally open, meaning that members of the public can come in and watch the proceedings. In some matters, a decision may be made to close the court. This means that persons who are not involved are not allowed to enter.
Preparing for court
When going to court in a criminal matter where you are the defendant, make sure you are punctual and arrive before the scheduled time. You should come prepared to be at court all day as matters are often not heard at the time that they are scheduled for.
It is important to remember that if your summons says you have to be at court at 10am, this does not mean that your matter will actually be heard at 10am. Rather, it means that your matter is in the 10am list. How long it takes to reach your matter can vary depending on how busy the list is. Your matter may not be heard until the afternoon.
Make sure you take a book or something else to do while you are waiting. If you have children, make arrangements for them so they do not have to wait around at court with you.
It is a good idea to take a pen and paper with you to court, in case you are required to write down an adjournment date or other information.
Finding the courtroom
You can find the correct courtroom by looking at the notice boards and television screens at the courthouse or by asking a staff member at the registry counter. These are usually located in the court’s foyer. Criminal matters are listed by the name of the defendant.
If your matter is being heard in a Magistrates Court, wait outside the court until your name is called. If your matter is in the District Court, the bailiff will be able to tell you when it will be heard. If your matter is in the Supreme Court, you should wait inside the courtroom. Ask the bailiff when your matter is due to start.
If you are in custody, corrections officers or police will make sure you are brought to the correct courtroom at the appropriate time. As you enter the courtroom, bow your head to the Coat of Arms behind the judge or magistrate as a sign of respect to the court before sitting down.
Court etiquette in the courtroom
Some days in court are very busy. If your matter has not yet been called, you should wait in the public seating area until the court is ready to hear your case.
If you are the defendant in a criminal matter and you are representing yourself, you should sit at the left side of the bar table. If you have a lawyer, you should sit in the seating in the main part of the courtroom.
General rules of court etiquette
While in any court is Queensland make sure that you:
- turn off your mobile phone;
- turn off any alarms on your watch, phone, tablet or any pager;
- do not talk unless called upon by the judge or magistrate;
- do not eat, drink or chew gum;
- do not smoke;
- take your sunglasses or hat off before entering the courtroom;
- do not record or publish any of the proceeding.
Court etiquette towards the magistrate or judge
The magistrate or judge sits at the front of the court facing everyone else. Everyone in the court must behave respectfully towards the magistrate or judge by:
- calling them ‘Your Honour’
- bowing their head when entering or exiting the courtroom;
- standing and keeping quiet when the magistrate or judge enters or exits the courtroom;
- standing whenever the magistrate or judge addresses them;
- listening to and following any instructions from the judge or magistrate.
To show your respect for the court, you will need to dress tidily and conservatively. Suitable attrie includes:
- a suit
- collared button-up shirt
- pants or a skirt at or below knee level
- clean closed shoes
- if you are representing yourself, it is recommended that you wear a jacket.
It is sometimes said that when dressing for court, you should dress as if you’re going to church.
Dress attire that is not suitable includes:
- strapless or see-through tops
- clothing with offensive or disrespectful words or graphics
- short shorts
- mini skirts
Leaving the court
Court etiquette in Queensland requires that, when leaving the courtroom, a person bows again as a sign of respect.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.
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