Court Frequently Asked Questions


Find answers to commonly asked questions here.

What you can expect from the Court? 

You are entitled to be treated fairly and courteously at all times. You are entitled to clarify the practice and procedure of the Court with the Police or Prosecutor, or the Registrar. You are entitled to respect for your religious, cultural or spiritual needs. You are entitled not to be discriminated against in any way. You are entitled to as speedy a resolution of your case in accordance with the resources available to the Court and the wishes and requirements of all others concerned in the case. In appropriate cases, legal aid may be available to you, either free of charge or with a contribution. In a Criminal case the Court will obtain an interpreter for you to explain what is being said during the court proceedings. In a Civil case you are responsible for obtaining your own interpreter at your own expense.

What the Court expects from you?

The Court is entitled to courtesy and respect from you. That you will be appropriately dressed. That you will deal with the Prosecutor, the Police and any witnesses politely and without aggression. That you have with you any relevant information-for example if you seek an adjournment of the case because of a medical appointment, that you have evidence of that with you. Or that if you are pleading a low income that you produce your pay slips in support. Rudeness to, or disobedience of, the Court is punishable as Contempt of Court and can result in imprisonment.

What the Court cannot do for you?

The Court cannot act for you as your lawyer. That is to say, the Court cannot give you legal advice. The Court cannot recommend a particular lawyer to you-merely give you a list of names of Advocates entitled to practice within HM Courts. You are reminded that in a Civil case, as opposed to a Criminal case, you are responsible for arranging your own interpreter if you require one.

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