How the courts work

Court systems and court processes can seem quite complex for people who don’t have a legal background. If you have a legal problem it can be difficult to know how to go about making a claim, with matters such as which court to make a claim to and how to make a claim seeming a bit of a mystery to the general public.

Indeed, there are strict procedures and processes that must be followed and high standards of behaviour and etiquette expected when you are in court.

Courts have long-held traditions and complex rules of law on aspects such as how to conduct yourself in court, how to address members of a court, and rules of evidence and procedure. If you don’t understand these things it can damage the chances of your claim being successful, not to mention making the whole process more stressful.

In the following pages we have sought to demystify the court system. You can find basic information on:

  • Court procedure
  • Your role and rights
  • Court judgments
  • Costs
  • Enforcement of orders
  • Appeals
  • Injunctions

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