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Planning your day at court

Make sure that you know where the court is and what time you need to be there. Arrive at court well before the time and check the notice board to see what court room you will be in. If you have had contact with a Court Support Officer, they will have all this information for you and can arrange to meet you and accompany you to court.

You may feel worried or nervous about appearing in court. It is a good idea to find out about the court process before you go. Ask your Court Support Officer for a tour of the court. This needs to be arranged before the date of the hearing.

It is always good to take a support person with you. They can help you if you become upset, but can also help to pass the time. You may be at the court for a long time.

Wear comfortable clothing and remember to bring a jumper or coat. Court rooms can be cold sometimes.

Bring a book to read or something to do while you are waiting to go into court. You may wish to bring something to eat or drink.

If you have children, it would be a good idea if someone else could care for them on the day of court.

Updated: 4th April 2022