You will find seating in the public gallery which is usually at the back of the courtroom. Hearings will only be closed when there are special circumstances.
When visiting a courtroom, you should:
- enter and leave quietly (do not disrupt proceedings)
- bow your head to the judge when you enter and before you leave
- stand and bow your head when a judge enters or leaves the courtroom
- dress appropriately (no hats or sunglasses)
- avoid talking and eating
- turn off mobile phones and any other electronic equipment
Addressing a judge
In court, if you are speaking to a judge, you should stand and address them as 'Your Honour'.
When speaking to a registrar of the Court, you should address them as 'Registrar'.
The Victoria Law Foundation brochure 'What do I call the judge?' provides further information about speaking and writing to judges in Victoria. Download the brochure from the Victoria Law Foundation website.