Don't backchat the law, son

"COREY, put a sock in it."

That's what this reporter wanted to yell out as a young man gave Magistrate Russell Warfield a right spray last Monday.

It was traffic court and the usual drink-drivers and the like were there. But Corey James Pople certainly injected a little drama.

He was facing Gladstone Magistrates Court on a number of charges. And he'd worn a singlet.

Pople's defence lawyer Megan Creaser asked to adjourn the matters. That was no issue at all.

But then Mr Warfield suggested Pople wear a more appropriate shirt next time.

Pople argued saying that it was too warm a day to wear sleeves. Mr Warfield retorted that was no concern of his.

And that's when Pople went off.

"Are you going to pay for my f****** wardrobe?" he spat out as he walked away from the bar table.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mick O'Rourke sprung from his seat and walked towards Pople.

"You're under arrest," he said.

"What for c***?" Pople shouted back.

"Public nuisance," Sg O'Rourke replied.

Pople decided to fight his way out, wrestling with Sgt O'Rourke across the courtroom.

Having seen Sgt O'Rourke at the gym, Pople never stood a chance.

Pople was eventually restrained and taken across to the watchhouse where he was arrested.

He did return later in the day to apologise to Mr Warfield.

He's due to face court again on October 10.


What not to do:

  • Keep your phone on. If it rings the magistrate will confiscate it until the end of the day. Vibrate can also be loud. Best to just switch it off.
  • Wear your sunglasses. Not even on top of your head.
  • Call the magistrate mate. He's not your mate. And he'll tell you so. Instead, refer to him as Your Honour.
  • Call him Your Majesty like one young man did earlier this year.
  • Chat. If you need to have a conversation take it outside.
  • Eat or drink.


What to do:

  • Be punctual.
  • Bow to the magistrate when you enter and exit. Just a little one. No need to curtsy or bow from the waist.
  • Dress smartly. Singlets, miniskirts and thongs are out. As is cleavage. A collared shirt without offensive logos is preferable for men. No hats.

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