Rules of the court - rental disputes

Although proceedings in the Magistrates Court are relatively informal, certain rules must be observed:

  • Call the magistrate 'Sir' or 'Madam'.
  • Stand up when it is your turn to speak or when you are spoken to by the magistrate and sit down when you or the magistrate have finished.
  • Only one person is allowed to speak at a time. The magistrate will tell you when it is your turn to speak.
  • Don't interrupt when the other person is telling their version of the dispute to the magistrate, or when the magistrate is talking.

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