The "ostracised" wife of a terrorist recruiter is worried her landmark conviction for refusing to stand for a judge will affect her prospects of working with children, a Sydney court has heard.
Moutia Elzahed in Downing Centre Local Court has become the first person to be sentenced for the offence after it was found she deliberately and repeatedly failed to rise during a hearing in 2016.
The 50-year-old, who is married to jailed Islamic State extremist Hamdi Alqudsi, was on Wednesday convicted by magistrate Carolyn Huntsman and ordered to serve 75 hours of community service.
"What that behaviour did was communicate to everyone around ... that the court was not deserving of respect," the magistrate said.
Elzahed previously said she only stood for Allah but Ms Huntsman during her May verdict found no evidence she'd acted on a genuine religious belief.
Before she was sentenced, the court heard Elzahed was worried that if a conviction was recorded she wouldn't get work in a particular field that required a working with children check.
Her lawyer David Hume submitted that while a conviction wouldn't prohibit her from such work under the law, it would hurt her prospects.
In 2016, Elzahed was unsuccessfully trying to sue the state and federal governments over claims of police violence and wrongful imprisonment related to a raid on her Sydney home.
Mr Hume said she'd been the target of public abuse during her legal battles and had been called "a maggot, a vile sewer, a slag, a grub, a cow" and "scum".
"There's suggestions that she should be decapitated and she should die," he said.
"She lives alone in a community that's ostracised her, where the public is abusing her.
"She's feeling attacked, alone and extremely vulnerable."
The magistrate said the need to deter others from committing similar offences was not met by the publicity surrounding the charges.
She didn't accept Elzahed's claims in an unsworn letter that she "never meant any disrespect to any ladies of the court" and that she wanted to hide when the media kept watching her.
Community service was appropriate because it required Elzahed to reflect on how her behaviour affected the community, the magistrate said.
Elzahed didn't stand when the magistrate left the bench after her sentence.