This court observation report aims to help you to understand the courts process and how the major parties conduct themselves in court.
You are to visit the Downing Centre Court complex in Liverpool Street Sydney and observe a court case. You should then complete the attached form and hand in to your lecturer.
Date(s) of observation:
Type(s) of proceedings observed:
Was the judge aware of this observation? Yes
People bring their disputes to the court because they view judges as neutral, principled decision makers who make decisions based upon rules and not personal opinions, and who apply legal rules consistently across people and over cases.
Tom Tyler, “Procedural Justice and the Courts,” Court Review Consider, for example, whether the judge:
§ displayed judicial fairness and impartiality toward all parties;
§ acted in the interests of the parties without regard to personal prejudices;
§ listened carefully and impartially;
§ applied rules consistently across people and over cases;
§ maintained a neutral demeanor or expression while in court;
§ was open, clear, and transparent about how the rules of law were applied and how decisions were being made;
§ consistently treated participants equally and displayed behavior appropriate for the situation;
§ was unhurried, patient and careful.