Attending Hearings

  1. How do I find out what hearings are being conducted?
  2. A list of hearings is available on our website’s homepage. Click on Weekly Law Notices for details of the hearings being conducted.

  3. Can I sit- in on hearings?
  4. All hearings in the Supreme Court, except for hearings that take place in the Judges’ or Registrars’ chambers, are open to the public. However, in sensitive cases involving the testimony of a vulnerable witness, for example, hearings may be closed to the public. On such occasions, there will be a sign on the door bearing the words "Hearing in Camera".

  5. What etiquette must I observe when sitting in on a hearing?
  6. Before entering the courtroom, ensure that all pagers, mobile and beeping devices are switched off as these may disrupt the proceedings. This includes vibrating sounds on your mobile devices. Enter the courtroom silently and bow to the Judge as a sign of respect before proceeding to your seat. A security officer will take down your particulars. Please co-operate with him or her fully.

    Silence must be observed at all times during the hearing and visitors are not allowed to address the court. You may leave the courtroom at any time during the hearing. As a sign of courtesy to the Judge, visitors usually bow to the Judge just before leaving the courtroom.

  7. Am I allowed to bring children into open court hearings?
  8. Members of the public who wish to sit in for open court hearings must remain silent and not disrupt court proceedings at any time. For this reason, infants-in-arms and young children should not be brought to open court hearings.