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."
Filming and Photography in Court
As digital photography and taking photos and videos on smartphones is becoming more common, it is often necessary to remind clients that filming and using photography in court precincts is generally not allowed. Unless you have express permission from the court, you are not allowed to use film or take photographs. This applies to the Magistrates, Children’s, Supreme and County Courts and includes the areas outside the actual courtrooms, such as the foyer. If you take photos or videos in court or in any of the surrounding areas, you may be charged with a criminal offence.
Most court proceedings are held in open court. This means that members of the public can sit in court and listen. However. Whenever you are in court, you are required to observe court etiquette. This includes turning off your phone.
Offences relating to photography in court
Section 4A of the Court Security Act 1980 makes it an offence to film court proceedings without the court’s permission. This offence can attract a fine of up to 20 penalty units.
Section 4B of the act makes it an offence to publish a recording of a court proceeding without written permission from a judicial officer. This offence can attract a fine of up to 20 penalty units.
Section 4D of the act makes it an offence to give or transmit a recording of a court proceeding to another person without permission. This is punishable by a fine of up to 20 penalty units.
It is also a common law offence known as contempt in the face of the court to disrupt or obstruct court proceedings. Continuing to film or use photography in court after being told not to do so could lead to being charged with of contempt in the face of the court, which may attract a fine or a term of imprisonment.
If you are caught using a camera within the Supreme Court precinct, you will be required to stop doing so and to show the court officer the film or photo you took and delete it.
Photography is permitted in the Supreme Court courtyard before and after admission ceremonies and inside the Supreme Court library. Photographs for commercial purposes can be made with the permission of the CEO’s office.
The Supreme Court states that the media may film and photograph people in public places during the course of reporting on court proceedings. However, people must be allowed to enter and leave the courts without being harassed or intimidated by the media or others.
The presiding judge may allow the use of still photography within the Supreme Court where it is appropriate, with the permission of any person who is proposed to be photographed.
Permission for filming in the Supreme Court will be given only after the Chief Justice has been consulted and the media team has been notified.
The Supreme Court generally allows sketch artists to be present in the courtroom to sketch the defendant and witnesses. This reduces the need for photography in court and is a long tradition.
In the County Court, filming of a judge giving the reasons for their decision may occur only with permission from the presiding judge in advance. Judges must not be filmed entering the court or leaving the court.
Journalists may request permission that a court artist be present in the County Court to sketch the defendant or witnesses.
Photography and filming are prohibited in the Magistrates Court unless you have written permission of the court. The media is also required to refrain from taking photos or videos without authorisation.
Photographs and filming or recoridng is not allowed in the Children’s Court without the permission of the presiding magistrate. If these rules are not followed you may be asked to leave the court and your device may be confiscated.
Aside from offences relating to photography and filming in court, there are numerous of offences relating to the unauthorised publication of material relating to Children’s Court proceedings.
Section 523 of the Children, Youth and Families Act makes it an offence to publish any image or account of Children’s Court proceedings that would lead to any person involved being identified or to a child who is subject to a Children’s Court order being identified.
Section 534 of the Children, Youth and Families Act prohibits the publication of any image of a child or other party to a proceeding.
If you require legal advice or representation in a criminal law matter or in any other 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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