Regardless of who you are, whether a court official, lawyer or member of the public, it is customary to ‘bow’ to the court when entering or exiting the court room.
It is even required of every Junior clerk to do same.
Please be informed that you are not required to bow when the courtroom is virtually empty. That would be plain stupidity.
Have you ever been told that when court officials, lawyers or members of the public do bow, they are not doing this to the judge, but the royal arms that they sit in front of?
The Royal Coat of Arms came into existence in 1399 under King Henry IV.
They appear in every courtroom in England and Wales (with the exception of the magistrate’s court in the City of London), showing that justice comes from the monarch, and that a law court is part of the Royal Court.
Judges and magistrates are official representatives of the crown.
Barristers are also not bowing to the judge, they are doing so to the coat of arms as a demonstration of their respect for the Queen’s justice, and also indirectly to those presiding over the case.
Whenever they are bowing to the court, barristers are not required to bow like Butler Carson to Lord Crawley in Downton Abbey.
A court bow resembles a dignified nod. Technically, it is referred to as ‘neck bow’ during which the individual makes a slight inclination at the waist and drops his or her eyes.
Another requirement is to stand up from their seat when the judge or magistrate enters the room.
The words “all rise” will be announced. This is a call to demonstrate another show of respect to Judges as representatives of the crown.