General conduct

The Court is open to the public and we encourage people to attend hearings. 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.

The Supreme Court of Victoria: The highest court in Victoria brochure is also available to download.