Going to Court

If you've got a legal problem, for example, you want to get your deposit back from your landlord, or claim compensation after an accident, you might think about going to court to sort it out.

We have produced a series of ‘Going to Court’ guides the first 3 cover what is involved, the steps you have to take and consider if you can solve your problem another way without having to go to court.

If you do take your case to court, or are taken to court leaflets 4 & 5 provide templates and guidance about the documents you need to start your claim and explain hearings, the trial and appeals.

  1. Going to court - Are there alternatives? (PDF 261 KB)
  2. Going to court - Before you start (PDF 291 KB)
  3. Going to court - First steps (PDF 253 KB)
  4. Going to court - Starting your claim and the pre-trial process (PDF 4.0 MB)
  5. Going to court - Hearings, the trial and appeals (PDF 3.0 MB)

These guides were produced by the Advice Services Alliance Advicenow project for the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau with funding from the Cabinet Office, Office for Civil Society Transition Fund 2011.

Representing Yourself

RCJ Advice

RCJ Advice provide free advice for people who are unable to afford or find a solicitor for cases in the:

Bar Pro Bono Unit

Bar Pro Bono Unit is a charity which helps to find pro bono (free) legal assistance from volunteer barristers.


LawWorks supports a network of free legal advice clinics across England and Wales. Clinics on the network are independent, locally run and provide free initial advice to individuals.

Find your local clinic.

Personal Support Unit

Personal Support Unit volunteers provide practical and emotional support to people who are representing themselves in court. PSU do not give legal advice but can accompany you to court.