At court the situation is fairly complex and very interesting. In the courtroom, the judge announces sentences in Portuguese, but the defendant might speak in Cape Verdean Creole of São Vicente or in Portuguese depending on the level of his/her education. The lawyer might code-switch from one language to another. Witnesses are heard in Cape Verdean Creole of São Vicente and clerks and other court staff address the public exclusively in Creole, while all the documents are emitted in Portuguese. The Portuguese used in these contexts shows considerable influence from the creole and differs significantly from the norms of European Portuguese.