Every year, thousands of people in the UK face court alone. Without help, they have to represent themselves while they go through a divorce, seek custody of their children, or face eviction from their home. They are forced to navigate a complex legal system alone, often against the professional legal representation of the other party.
The increase in cuts to legal aid over recent years has meant that thousands more people face the civil or family courts alone. Their access to justice is limited by how overwhelming the legal system can be to those who have never faced it before, and many struggle to represent themselves effectively in court.
Our 750 volunteers provide a free service across England and Wales, offering support and guidance before, during, and after court. We ensure that those facing court alone feel prepared and supported in accessing justice.
Our volunteers provide practical, procedural and emotional support in many areas of Civil and Family court processes. They can:
- Explain how the court works, help fill in forms, organise papers, and discuss settling issues without going to court
- Help plan what you want to say in court, and if needed, go with you to court to provide support and help afterwards
- Provide details of other specialist advice agencies, where possible, and help you find out whether you can get free legal advice
Birmingham - 0121 250 6354
Bristol - 0117 366 4809
Cardiff - 0292 034 3685
Chelmsford - 0124 524 5527
Chester - 0124 440 4299
Coventry - 0121 250 6354
Exeter and Devon - 0139 241 5335
Leeds - 0113 306 2764
Liverpool - 0151 296 2209 & 0151 296 2211
London - 0207 947 7701
Manchester - 0161 240 5037
Newcastle - 01912 618 016
Newport - 0292 034 3685
Nottingham - 0115 947 3592
Sheffield - 0114 281 2456
Southend - 0124 524 5527