The Courts Administration Authority is reintroducing school visits to the Adelaide Magistrates Court and Sir Samuel Way Building with restrictions from 19 July 2021.

These include:

  • limiting bookings to three days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday;
  • limiting bookings to one group per day;
  • limiting groups to a maximum of 20 people including teaching staff and supervisors;
  • requiring teachers and supervisors to check in using the QR code for each court building;
  • requiring teachers to provide a list of all students in attendance to Sheriffs Officers at the point of entry of each court attended;
  • requiring teachers, supervisors and students to comply with social distancing restrictions;
  • encouraging the use of hand sanitiser available in court buildings; and
  • minimising interactions with court staff, court volunteers and court users.

In keeping with the principle of open justice, the Courts Administration Authority welcomes visits by school groups to view courts in action.

School groups wishing to see a live court can do so at the Adelaide Magistrates Court, District Court or Supreme Court.

Teachers are required to conduct self-guided visits for their students and are responsible for selecting appropriate courts for viewing.  Access to courtrooms may be limited. To avoid disappointment and provide the best opportunity for your students to view court proceedings, it is recommended that:

  • Groups of up to 20 students visit the court at one time as access to courtrooms can be limited depending on the number and type of matters being heard, seating availability and the approval of judicial officers.
  • A booking is made via the School Visit Booking System – priority is given to schools that have made a booking.

As evidence can be quite explicit, it is recommended that students below Year 6 do not view a court in session.

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