Going to court without a lawyer

If you are representing yourself in court or at a tribunal (often called a Litigant in Person), or thinking of it, there may be free help and advice you can get at different stages of your case.

Legal Advice: There are organisations that can offer legal advice. They have specialist knowledge and can provide advice about your specific case, help you work out if it's worth taking it to court, and explain court procedures, and rules.  

Representation: You may be able to find representation. Somebody may be able to come with you to your court or tribunal hearing and speak for you, telling the court or tribunal about your case.

Emotional Support: Some organisations can provide someone to talk to and someone to come to court with you to support you.

Practical Advice:  There are organisations that can help you with practical tasks that don’t require in-depth specialist legal knowledge – for example, they can help you organise your papers and your thoughts, explain what happens in court, and refer you legal advice agencies.

General Guidance: General guidance is available as leaflets, websites or short films. It can explain processes, or the law, and the best information can help you work out what to do, and how to do it, but is not tailored to your exact situation. 

Advice Now

Advice Now’s website can provide further information including guides and details of organisations that can help:

http://www.advicenow.org.uk/guides/get-help-if-you-are-representing-yourself-court-or-tribunal