Attending court can be a stressful experience, particularly if you’re unsure what you can and can’t bring with you on the day.
Upon arrival at court, you will usually be met by security staff and asked to go through a metal detector or undertake a security search. Your bags and belongings will also be searched. Therefore, it is important to know what you cannot take into a court building.
What not to take:
If you attempt to take any of these items into the court building, they will be confiscated. You can, however, usually collect these from security when you leave.
Depending on the type of hearing, developments in your case and the court’s timetable for the day, the amount of time you may have to spend at court will vary. Taking some or all of the following things may therefore help make your experience a little more manageable.
What to take:
Whilst you can take your phone with you, and this is often a good idea in case you are delayed and need to contact the court or your legal team, you must turn your phone off when you enter the courtroom. It is also recommended that you don’t wait outside court with headphones in as you may miss an important announcement about your case or an opportunity to speak with your barrister.
It is crucial you are comfortable at court so it’s best not to try and take all your belongings with you but a select few may make the day a little less stressful.
By Abbey Robertson.