Court Procedure, Symbolism and Etiquette
Queensland Coat of Arms
Queensland was the first state to be granted a coat of arms, and Queen Victoria granted it to the then colony in 1893. The coat of arms consists of a shield containing a bull’s head, a merino ram, grain, and a pile of quartz with a pyramid of gold, a spade and a pick (Aussie-info.com, 2010). It is also topped by a cane and the state badge. These features symbolize pastoral, mining and agricultural industries, and the states badge represents the colony’s (now state’s) ties to the British Crown.
During 1977, Queen Elizabeth ll introduced the supports to the coat of arms. The supporters are the red deer and the brolga. A red deer, because it symbolizes the “old world” (Queensland Government, 2009) and the brolga because it is one of Queensland’s most distinctive birds, representing ” the native population” (Queensland Government, 2009). The saying “Audax at Fidelis”, is Latin for “Bold but Faithful “.
The coat of arms is used in the Magistrates court as it shows that the Magistrate is in the court as a representative of the state and that the power of the crown is involved, and that the court is making decisions under Queensland acts and laws and is in Queensland’s jurisdiction.
When you give evidence in the courtroom you must take an oath or make an affirmation. An oath has religious significance and an affirmation does not. Your evidence will be considered in the same way regardless of the choice you make (Federal Court of Australia, 2010). The oath is taken to ensure that no one will falsely testify, as it is an offence to do so after oath is taken. This is essential to the running of the court, because when everyone is telling the truth, it is a lot easier to find the truth.