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Who Can Be in the Audience in a Courtroom?

Most court proceedings are open to the public. That means anyone; friends and relatives of the plaintiff or defendant, members of the press, other lawyers, members of the public and even school students may attend them.

Members of the audience have certain obligations however:

  • They must be quiet and not talk when court is in session;
  • They must turn off their cell phones.
  • They are not allowed to chew gum or have food or drinks in the courtroom; they should be courteous and respectful of others in the courtroom.