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Security and support services

Security

All visitors to the Court must submit to a scanning or pat down search. People displaying Supreme Court-issued security cards are exempt.

At the Court, it is not permitted to:

  • use tape or voice recording devices to record or transmit any court proceedings without the prior consent of the Chief Justice
  • take photographs or use video recording equipment within the court premises without the prior consent of the Chief Justice
  • use mobile phones in areas other than public spaces.

It is an offence under the Court Security Act 1980 to:

  • carry any prohibited article, explosive device, substance or offensive weapon (for example, a firearm, martial arts weapon, baton, fixed blade knife, or any article which can be used as a weapon)
  • fail to give your name, address and evidence of identity or reason for being within the court premises when requested to do so by an authorised officer
  • make a recording of a proceeding (including a photograph, an audio or audio-visual recording) unless authorised to do so under the Act or by direction of a judicial officer
  • publish or transmit and recording of a proceeding (including a photograph, an audio or audio-visual recording) unless authorised to do so under the Act or by direction or permission of a judicial officer.

The Chief Justice has issued an express written permission in relation to certain recordings made publicly available by the Court..

CCTV is used throughout the Court.

Support for Court attendees

Attending court can be overwhelming for many people, particularly victims of crime, witnesses and families.

The Supreme Court and the OPP provide a range of support services designed to help. 

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