Courts are quite formal places.
Criminal, family and civil courts are held in a District or High Court. You can see what a criminal courtroom might look like in our criminal court section.
When the judge comes into or leaves the courtroom, you must stand up. In most courts you should call the judge ‘Your Honour’ or ‘Judge’.
In the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court you should call the judge ‘Your Honour’.
In the court room, you must not:
If you give evidence (tell the court what happened), you have to promise to tell the truth. You can choose to make a religious promise (an oath) or a non-religious promise (an affirmation).
If you’ve come out of the courtroom and you’re not sure what the next step is, ask court staff - they’re there to help. Staff will be wearing name badges.