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.
- Going to court - Are there alternatives? (PDF 261 KB)
- Going to court - Before you start (PDF 291 KB)
- Going to court - First steps (PDF 253 KB)
- Going to court - Starting your claim and the pre-trial process (PDF 4.0 MB)
- 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.
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 offers three ways to help you with your problem:
Free Legal Advice Clinics
If you need some initial legal advice you can visit a free legal advice clinic. Click here to find your local clinic.
Settle a Dispute with a Free Mediation
If you are involved in a dispute that you would like to have settled by way of a mediation (and avoid the costs and time involved in going to court) then click here for information on how to apply.
Free Casework Assistance
If you need more than just initial advice from a lawyer you can apply to LawWorks for free assistance. Click here to find out more information on the cases that can be helped and how to apply.
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.