Our top picks about representing yourself in the civil courts

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If you want to know more about going to a civil court, don't wade through endless internet pages. Our 'Top Picks' service provides handpicked links to the best information available on the web. Just click on each link below to have a look at the selection of top picks we've put together to help you if you are representing yourself in court.

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  • Access to justice - how you can take legal action, and what help you can get, for example with the cost.
  • 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 UK Supreme Court.
  • Dispute resolution and arbitration - information about ways you can solve disputes without going to court. Includes mediation.
  • Legal aid and advice - information about the help you can get with legal costs.
  • Legal procedure - information about all aspects of taking a case to court.
  • Lawyers - information about the various types of lawyers in England and Wales. Includes barristers and solicitors.
  • Small claims procedure - how the small claims procedure works and how you can take action for money that you are owed or compensation.
  • Personal injuries litigation - your rights to compensation if someone has caused you a physical or mental injury.
  • Compensation for injury - how you take court action for damages for personal injuries. Includes information about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
  • Social care - your rights to all types of care services.
  • Clinical negligence - How you can take action about poor or negligent treatment by doctors and health care workers. Previously called medical negligence.
  • Bankruptcy - a way of dealing with debts you cannot pay. Includes what happens when you declare yourself bankrupt or are made bankrupt. Also covers alternatives to bankruptcy.
  • Debt - how to deal with your debts. Includes how to deal with court procedures.
  • Business debts - how to deal with business debt if you are self employed or run a small business. Includes how to deal with court procedures.

You may also find information to help you on our Going to Court page. 

November 2016

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