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acilivesserma : Hi. I'm 15 and I wanna be a lawyer when I'm older (I live in the Uk). Someone's given me advice to go and watch some trials in a courtroom. I was just wondering how it is I do so. Do I just literally walk into a courtroom and sit in the gallery, or speak to an usher or something?

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shumbamma : In Australia you just walk your ass strait in
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Messcasehax : Absolutely ok! Done it before, and loved watching the cases, fascinating. In certain courts, such as the High Court in London or the Old Bailey, you can generally just walk in, sit down and watch. Especially in the High Court, tourists always do that.
If you're in a private court, or say a private case, best to ask permission first from the usher, such as in the Chancery Division.

PS: Importantly, age-wise, you technically have to be 16, but usually no-one will ask you your age. If they do, you can always tell a white lie and say you're 16 (as I 'might' have once done, lol) - no-one will check. Enjoy your time in court, very interesting!
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zimpotencer : No, you can't just walk in. You need to check if your local crown court has a public viewing gallery and when it is open.
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Cryclorgo : that's all you do, walk right in, sit right down and observe
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JohnMalkovitzch : Most court cases in Britain are "open". This means that anyone is entitled to sit in the public gallery and watch the proceedings.

If you want to see the process in action, go to your local courts and talk to an usher, who will inform you of the procedures that you need to follow, whilst in the public gallery.
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Astottope : Courts, by the very nature of the legal system have public viewing areas. You are entitled to sit in and watch proceedings unless it is a closed Court for, say, Children's Court issues or where the Magistrate/Judge rules so.

I found visits to court to be a little intimidating as there are no big signs or people falling over themselves to ask you if you are ok and know where to go. If in doubt, ask at the front office or find a Court official.

When visiting a Court you should dress respectfully, turn your mobile phone off and be quiet.
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RaisseDottemi : It would be sensible when you get to the court to make a polite request to an usher - not because you need permission, but because they will be able to tell you which courtroom has something interesting going on. Why sit and listen to a mass of highly technical legal argument in one court, while there might be a nice juicy criminal trial taking place in the one next door.

You will be checked by security as you enter the court building, and may have to leave your phone with them - because the rules about not taking photographs are strict, and a phone with a camera may be banned. Follow the protocol - stand when the usher says to, keep quiet, don't make notes, and if you need to leave choose a moment when you don't cause too much disruption (between witnesses is a good moment, not in the middle of someone speaking - and NEVER when the judge is speaking!)
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jeneIncizeped : Yes you can just walk in. All courts at all levels have a Public Gallery where anybody can go to observe a trial. This is one of the fundamental Freedoms which we enjoy under Common Law.

Occasionally the public gallery will be cleared so that sensitive evidence can be heard "in camera" (Latin for 'closed room') but that is very rare.

Just turn up at your local court. There will be security checks to make sure you're not bringing weapons or recording equipment in. There is a receptionist or security guard who will help you navigate around the building (you don't want to walk through the wrong door and find yourself in the 'dock'), and they are usually well provided with internal signs and directions.

After that you are free to pick your trial. Look at the board with "today's cases" listed. Most court houses have several different courts in the building.
The names of the litigants are posted in Reception but not actual nature of the case. So in a Crown Court it's pot luck whether you go into (for example) a murder trial or a boring Fraud.

Most Crown and County court buildings have a small canteen where you can buy a reasonably priced light lunch if you're spending a whole day.

Courts sit between 10:00 and 16:00 normally but sometimes they vary a little bit.
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uryanw : The 2.3% Medical Excise Tax that began on January 1st

is supposed to be "hidden" from the consumer, but it's been

brought to the public's attention by hunting and fishing store

Cabela's who have refused to hide it and are showing it as a

separate line item tax on their receipts, the email states.

I did some research and found directly from the IRS's website information that PROVES this to be true and an accurate portrayal of something hidden in Obamacare that

I was not aware of!

Now being sceptical of this I went to the IRS website and found this!

Q1. What is the medical device excise tax?

A1. Section 4191 of the Internal Revenue Code imposes

an excise tax on the sale of certain medical devices

by the manufacturer or importer of the device.

Q2. When does the tax go into effect?

A2. The tax applies to sales of taxable medical devices

after Dec. 31, 2012.

Q3. How much is the tax?

A3. The tax is 2.3 percent of the sale price of the taxable

medical device. See Chapter 5 of IRS Publication 510,

Excise Taxes, and Notice 2012-77 for additional

information on the determination of sale price. Chapter Five

So being more curious I clicked on "Chapter 5 of IRS

Publication 510."

And what do I find under MEDICAL DEVICES" under MANUFACTURERS TAXES"?

The following discussion of manufacturers taxes

applies to the tax on:

Sport fishing equipment;

Fishing rods and fishing poles;

Electric outboard motors;

Fishing tackle boxes;

Bows, quivers, broadheads, and points;

Arrow shafts;


Taxable tires;

Gas guzzler automobiles; and Vaccines.
I think we have definitely been fooled, if we believe

that the Affordable Care Act is all about health care. It truly does appear to be nothing more than a bill

laden with a whole lot of taxes that we the people

have yet to be aware of.

Please pass this on. I am still incredulous that this can

go on. Where is our press? I guess it’s just like Nancy

Pelosi said…….We have to pass it to see what is in it.

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