Going to court can be intimidating, particularly if you don’t know what to call the judge. Now Victorians going to court, or speaking or writing to judges, will have a new free, easy-to-understand guide about what to call any judge, magistrate or tribunal member.
Released today, Victoria Law Foundation’s What do I call the judge? is the first guide of its kind for Victoria.
'Whatever the reason you are in court, knowing what to call the judge can help you feel a little more confident', said Victoria Law Foundation Executive Director Ms Joh Kirby.
The guide was produced in consultation with Victorian and Federal courts and tribunals, as a clear and authoritative reference for the general public, including witnesses, jurors, families, and people representing themselves in court. But it may also prove a useful quick reference for people in the legal sector, including recent graduates, non-legal support staff and volunteers.
'Producing a guide like this is just one way the Victoria Law Foundation helps to make the law easier to understand for all Victorians', Ms Kirby said.
'Our mission is to provide Victorians with the legal information they want, when, where and how they want it – in way that they can understand it, first time, every time', she said.
The guide will be available through the courts and community legal organisations, as well as through the foundation, in online and hardcopy formats. You can order copies over the phone on (03) 9604 8100 or through the foundation's website.
Phone (03) 9604 8100