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Court session

Rules to respect in court

During the hearing, you are obliged to respect the following rules:

  • Comport yourself respectfully
    • Use the term 'Your Honour' when you address the court;
    • Use the term 'sir' or 'madam' with all people present (prosecutors, clerk, witnesses);
    • Always stand up when you address these people;
    • Use appropriate language at all times.
  • Access to court is refused
    • to children under 14, except if they are called to testify;
    • to people equipped with a camera or recording device;
    • to people who refuse to close their cell phone or paging device;
    • to people wearing a hat or cap, etc.;
    • to people not suitably clothed who are wearing, among other things, an open blouse or open shirt, a camisole, Bermuda shorts, any other type of shorts, a bathing suit, or sunglasses.
  • Can be expelled from the hearing hall: any person who
    • smokes, chews gum or consumes food or beverages;
    • talks, reads, writes, makes noise or gesticulates;
    • adopts a lax posture (e.g, elbows leaning on the files, arms placed behind the head, etc.)
Last update: 2012-07-10 15:49