Dealing with the courts can be a difficult and costly exercise. Help and assistance with representation and costs is available from a number of sources depending on your circumstances.

Dealing with the courts and obtaining legal advice

Detailed help and advice on dealing with any of the following areas:

  • Taking legal action
  • Personal injury
  • Licences and other types of official permission
  • Being sued because of shoplifting or stealing
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Police
  • Prisoners
  • Young people and the law

is available at the Citizens Advice website.

Further help and advice on Crime, justice and the law in the following areas:

  • Courts, Sentencing & Tribunals
  • Prison & Probation
  • Reporting Crimes and Getting Compensation
  • Young People & the Law
  • Your Rights and the Law

is available at the GOV.UK website.

Attending a court or tribunal

Guides to attending or accessing a court or tribunal are available at the following links:

Civil Legal Advice

Civil Legal Advice is a government funded advice service offering free, confidential legal advice to people on low income or benefits. Full details can be viewed in the left panel of this page.

Law Centres Network

Law Centres Network are non profit legal practises providing free legal advice and representation to disadvantaged people.

There is a network of 56 Law Centres in the UK, specialising in social welfare law which includes: welfare rights; disability rights; immigration and asylum; housing and homelessness; employment rights; community care; all forms of discrimination; mental health; education rights; and children’s rights.

Full details of the services available can be found at My Advice Gateway - Law Centres Network.

Further advice is available at the following links:

Representing Yourself in Court

Information and advice on Representing Yourself in Court is available at the following links:

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