Visiting a court

Generally courtrooms are open to the public and you can attend and listen to proceedings. There may be occasions when courts are closed to the public, perhaps where a child witness is giving evidence or because of the nature of the proceedings. Court staff will be able to advise you. There are some rules and you should read more about Attending a Court before visiting.

School visits

Many courts arrange and participate in Mock Trials giving students and schoolchildren the opportunity to learn about the justice system and try their hand at the many roles of the people in court.

For Sheriff Courts, schools should prearrange a visit to the court by calling the Sheriff clerk of the court concerned.

For Supreme Courts, schools should contact the Administration Unit of the Supreme Courts

Doors Open Day

Many courts take part in Doors Open Days throughout September, organising visits, demonstrations and events.

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