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I would like to take this opportunity to thank Armstrong Legal and specifically Mr Thomas Allen for representing me in my recent case. At the outset, I would like to thank Mr Allen for the very professional delivery of his legal service. From the first time that I met Mr Allen, I was very impressed with his demeanour and delivery as he made me feel at ease knowing the severity of my case. Mr Allen not only gave me the possible positive outcomes of the case but also the realisation of the worst-case scenario as far as sentencing goes. … I will certainly be recommending Armstrong Legal to any of my friends or family needing representation in criminal matters. Thank you so very much.
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I know I thanked you before we parted company but please allow me to reiterate in writing my sincere deepest thanks for defending me in court today. … Armstrong Legal certainly has a great Lawyer you are a credit to the company and I'm quite sure you will secure a very successful future! … My Kindest Regards and Thanks
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.
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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.
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Court Etiquette (WA)
When attending court in Western Australia, it is important to be aware of court etiquette. This means behaving appropriately while in court to show respect for the legal system and to show that you are taking the matter seriously. If a person disregards court etiquette they may be asked to leave the court or even be charged with contempt of court. This applies whether the matter is a civil matter or a criminal matter.
Court etiquette and open court
Most court matters in Western Australia are dealt with in ‘open court’. This means that the court is open to the public and to the media. If you want to familiarise yourself with the court process prior to your court matter, you can attend court to watch some other matters prior to your own matter.
If you attend court for a matter you are not involved in, sit quietly at the back of the court in the public gallery to observe. You can find listings of the court proceedings on the Western Australia Courts website or on the screens in the court foyer. Alternatively, you can ask the staff at the registry which court you can enter to watch some matters.
Court etiquette and punctuality
You should ensure you arrive for court on time. It is recommended to arrive earlier than the time your matter is listed to find the courtroom and to in case there are any changes.
If you are attending the Magistrates Court, it is important to be aware that your matter will not necessarily be dealt with at the time it is listed. Court matters are generally placed in a list, which starts being heard at a designated time, for example, 10 am. If your matter is listed for 10 am this means it may be called on at any time after 10 am. However, if there is a busy court list, your matter may not be called on until later in the day. It is always a good idea to go to court prepared to be there all day as court etiquette requires you to be available at whatever time the court is ready to deal with your matter.
In Western Australia, court etiquette requires you to wear clothing that is tidy and conservative. The following is generally accepted as proper court attire:
- Subtle coloured clothing such as dark colours and white;
- A suit (though this is not essential);
- Collared button-up shirts;
- Pants or a skirt at or longer than knee level; and
- Clean closed shoes.
The following are examples of what would not be acceptable in court:
- Sleeveless tops;
- Pants or skirts that are shorter than knee level;
- Thongs or sandals;
Entering and leaving the courtroom
When you enter or leave the courtroom, it is customary to bow at the Coat of Arms behind the bench as a sign of respect. Court etiquette also requires that you turn off your phone before entering the court and remove any hat or sunglasses.
Standard of behaviour in the courtroom
Court etiquette in WA also requires a certain standard of behaviour to be observed. The following are examples of court etiquette expected in the courtroom:
- Sitting silently unless called upon by the magistrate or judge;
- Following the judicial officer’s instructions;
- Addressing the judicial officer as ‘Your Honour’;
- Turning off all audio and/or mobile devices;
- Refraining from eating or drinking;
- Refraining from recording or publishing any part of the proceeding.
For further assistance
If you are a victim or witness in a court matter, you may want to seek further assistance from support services such as Victim Support Service.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter please contact Armstrong Legal.
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