Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 5 months ago

Can you reserve a seat in court?

If not, what if it's full, and there's no room for people who need to be there, e.g. a witness? Or what if there's no room for people who aren't essential, but should be there, e.g. the victim's family?

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

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  • Yeti
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Most if not all locations will not permit reserved seats.

    Some locations may let people such as a victim's family enter a courtroom ahead of others.

    Those such as witnesses are excluded from the courtroom except when they're testifying.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Of course not.  Why do you think people line up outside the courthouse?

  • 5 months ago

    There is one seat reserved for witnesses to use while they are testifying.  Even if there are many witnesses, they don't need more than one seat in the courtroom, because witnesses are supposed to wait outside until they testify, and they only testify one at a time.

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  • 5 months ago

    Apart from small claims court, witnesses are kept out of the courtroom during the trial until they're called to testify. When there's an expected large interest in a trial, the courts will often reserve the first row of the gallery (the seating area behind the bar). One side for the defendant's family, the other side for the victim's family.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Yes, so long as the person you are just reserving it for returns,

  • 5 months ago

    You can't reserve a seat. No-one has a right to a seat in the public area, though the court officials will doubtless try to reserve space for family if they know you're coming. Witnesses sit outside the courtroom until called.  Once they've given evidence and been dismissed they can either sit in the courtroom or leave.

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Witnesses are not typically allowed in a courtroom until it is time for them to testify. Room for the family would usually be reserved. The general public cannot reserve a seat.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Lol of course not.  It's a gallery not an opera. 

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