Pursuant to the Magistrates Court Act 1987 section 15AA, I issue the following Practice Direction in relation to the Magistrates Court.
On and from 1 January, 2006, the form of address to the officer constituting the Magistrates Court will be ‘Your Honour’.
The new form of address will apply to all courts (not tribunals) constituted by a magistrate or by one or more justices of the peace.
NOTE TO PRACTICE DIRECTION:
There are several reasons for the change in the form of address from ‘Your Worship’ to ‘Your Honour’:
The Attorney-General, the Honourable Judy Jackson, MHA, and the Judges of the Supreme Court support the change.