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Going to court

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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.

Before you go any further you need to find out what is involved, understand the steps you have to take and consider if you can solve your problem another way without having to go to court.

This series of guides takes you step-by-step through the issues and options:

One
Going to court - Are there alternatives? (261 KB)

Two
Going to court - Before you start (291 KB)

Three
Going to court - First steps (253 KB)

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Going to court - Starting your claim and the pre-trial process (4.0 MB)

Five
Going to court - Hearings, the trial and appeals (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.

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Top picks from the rest of the web!

See Advicenow's handpicked selection of information and guides to help you if you are representing yourself at court:

  • Legal procedure - information about all aspects of taking a case to court.
  • Small claims - how the small claims procedure works and how you can take action for money that you are owed or compensation.
  • Courts and tribunals - background information on the different courts and tribunals including the High Court, magistrates court, county courts, Court of Appeal and the House of Lords.

March 2013

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