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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 going to court.

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

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Going to court - Are there alternatives? (779 KB)

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Going to court - Before you start (0.8 MB)

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Going to court - First steps (0.9 MB)

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Going to court - Starting your claim and the pre-trial process (542 KB)

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Going to court - Hearings, the trial and appeals (410 KB)

These leaflets have been written and produced by Law for Life's Advicenow project for the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau with funding from the Cabinet Office, Office for Civil Society Transition Fund. Updated March 2014.

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It is also for people supporting others in this situation, for example advice workers, housing support workers, Personal Support Unit volunteers, CAB volunteers and court staff as well as relatives and friends. More...

Applying for a court order about the arrangements for your children without the help of a lawyer
This guide is for you if you are a parent and you disagree with your child’s other parent or other family members about things like:

• where your child lives,
• who they live with and when,
• how often they see the parent they don’t live with most of the time,
• who else they should see, and
• you want to apply for a court order about the arrangements for your children.

It is also for people supporting others in this situation, for example advice workers, housing support workers, Personal Support Unit volunteers, CAB volunteers and court staff as well as relatives and friends. More...

How to fill in your financial statement (Form E) without the help of a lawyer
Are you involved in financial proceedings as part of a divorce or proceedings to end your civil partnership? Are you trying to fill in your financial statement (Form E) without the help of a lawyer? If so this guide is here to help you.

It is also for people supporting others in this situation, for example advice workers, housing support workers, Personal Support Unit volunteers, CAB volunteers and court staff as well as relatives and friends. More...

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 Magistrates Court, County Courts, Family Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and the House of Lords.

December 2014

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