How to take a civil claim

In this section we look at how you take things like compensation, personal injury, unpaid debts, broken contracts, or consumer problems to court. We show you how to resolve things outside court, as well as how to work out whether taking someone to court will be worth it. The guides below take you step by step through the process, whether you use the small claims court or the county court.

We know that if you cannot get legal aid and cannot afford the help of a solicitor, going to court can be very stressful and difficult. We have written these guides because we want to help you as much as we can. 

We show you how to complete the correct forms and how to use the new online systems, as well as how to make your case well, prepare for hearings and how to do things like witness statements and expert reports. 

We also highlight where you may be able to get further support and advice about your case, and have collected together the best information from other organisations about taking civil issues to court in England and Wales.