The purpose of prescribing this standard form of words is to assist all users of the Court to understand in plain language, the formalities associated with the Court being in session.

OPENING THE COURT

At the first commencement of a session of the Court on a given day, after checking that all other Court personnel have taken their places, the Court Officer will enter the Court saying the words:

"Silence. All stand please, and remain standing."

When the Judge/Judicial Officer has taken his/her seat the Judge/Judicial Officer indicates to the Court Officer to open the Court.

The Court Officer waits for the Judge/Judicial Officer's direction before opening the Court.

The Court Officer then makes the following proclamation deliberately and distinctly.

"The Family Court of Australia is now in session. Please be seated."

The proceedings are then commenced.

ADJOURNMENTS

Short Adjournments:

There are times when the Court is adjourned for a short period. The Judge/Judicial Officer indicates he/she will leave the bench for a short time. The Court Officer then makes the following proclamation: "All stand please. This Court now stands adjourned."

When the Judge/Judicial Officer has left the bench and is clear of the Court, the Court Officer then says to all present in the Court: "Thank You."

When the Court is ready to resume, all personnel have taken their places, and the Judge/Judicial Officer is about to enter the Court, the Court Officer says to all present in the Court: "All stand please and remain standing."

When the Judge/Judicial Officer has taken his/her seat and indicates to the Court Officer, the Court Officer then says: "Please be seated."

The proceedings are then re-commenced.

LUNCHEON ADJOURNMENT

To indicate the luncheon adjournment, the Court Officer says: "All stand please. This Court is adjourned until" (saying the time advised by the Judge/Judicial Officer).

CLOSING THE COURT

Where the Court is about to rise at the end of the day's sitting, a direction is given by the presiding Judge/Judicial Officer to the Court Officer, who makes the necessary proclamation: "Silence all stand please, this Court is now adjourned until" (saying the day and time advised by the Judge/Judicial Officer).

When the adjournment is for an indefinite period, the Court Officer says: "All stand please. This Court is adjourned to a date to be fixed."

Practice Direction 2001/5, 23 October 2001, issued by 
the Hon. Chief Justice Alastair Nicholson AO RFD