What happens when I get to Court?

When you arrive at Court you will need to go through the entry point scanner. You will need to take everything out of your pockets and put your bag on the conveyor belt to be scanned. The sheriff’s officers will ask you what matter you’re at Court for and direct you to take a seat in the foyer. When your matter is being called on, a sheriff’s officer will call your surname and you can go in to Court.
 

Who can come with me?

Nobody else is required to be at Court with you, but parents and guardians are usually allowed in the Courtroom. The judicial officer may also give permission for you to bring a friend or support person.
 

Where do I sit in the Courtroom?

You will be asked to sit in the body of the Court, which is the group of chairs at the back of the Courtroom. A sheriff’s officer will point you in the right direction.
If you have a hat or sunglasses, you will need to take them off of your head when going into the Courtroom. If the judicial officer is already seated at the bench, you should bow when you walk into the Courtroom.
 

Do I have to talk to the Judge/Magistrate?

If you have a lawyer, your lawyer will do most of the talking on your behalf. The judicial officer may address you directly and will likely ask you if you have understood the Court proceedings and you will be required to answer. You can address the judicial officer as ‘Your Honour’.
 

What happens after my hearing?

You may be required to sign some paperwork before leaving the Court, such as an obligation or bail agreement. If so, you will need to wait until the paperwork is ready and then you will either be directed to the JP Office or to the Registry counter to sign in the presence of a Justice of the Peace.

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Contact Us

For further information, contact the Conferencing Unit:
 
Family Conference Enquires
p: +61 8 8204 0594
f: +61 8 8204 0513
familyconference@courts.sa.gov.au
 
Family Group Conference Enquires
p: +61 8 8204 0594
f: +61 8 8204 0591
careandprotection@courts.sa.gov.au
 
Location:
75 Wright Street
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000
 
Postal Address:
Attn: Conferencing Unit
75 Wright Street
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000
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