More than 30 people staged a demonstration outside Forfar Sheriff Court in support of an advocacy worker facing a breach of the peace charge.
Dundee University lecturer Tony Cox maintained his not guilty plea to three charges at the intermediate diet hearing in front of Sheriff Gregor Murray on Tuesday.
The case was continued for trial on June 23.
It is alleged that on January 29 at Arbroath Jobcentre on Chalmers Street he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting and swearing, acting in an intimidating manner and refusing to leave the premises when requested to do so.
The 51-year-old Dundonian denied that at Arbroath Jobcentre on the same date, he refused to give his name, address, date of birth, place of birth and nationality when asked to do so by two police officers.
He is also accused of resisting, obstructing or hindering two police officers in the execution of their duty and lashing out with his arms on Chalmers Street on the same date.
Defence agent Michael Boyd said he had requested CCTV footage from inside the Jobcentre.
Depute fiscal Jill Drummond said this request was “being looked into” by the Crown.
Mr Cox, of Baxter Park Terrace, Dundee, had bail continued until his trial date.
At a previous hearing, Sheriff Pino Di Emidio refused a special bail condition that Mr Cox not be allowed into Jobcentres.
Two previous protests have been staged over Mr Cox’s court case outside Arbroath Jobcentre on February 5, which turned into an impromptu march down the town’s High Street, and at the first calling of his case on February 25.
The protests are organised by members of the Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network, of which Mr Cox is a member.
Sarah Glynn, secretary of the Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network, said: “I am delighted that so many people were able to come and protest, including people from Edinburgh and Glasgow.
“It’s important that people know about their rights to be represented at Jobcentres.”
The protesters held several banners and signs outside the court.
Their slogans included “advocacy is not a crime” and “exploit us and we’ll shut you down”.
Mr Cox addressed the crowd before his hearing which led to some protesters shouting “no justice, no peace”.