Useful resources

Attending Court


Advice Now

Advice on attending court

Childlaw Advice

Advice on attending the Family Court

Support Through Court

Supports people going through court proceedings without legal representation

The Family Court Without a Lawyer

A useful book and free videos helpful for going to court without a lawyer                    

The Transparency Project

A website providing accessible information about the work of the Family Court

Victim Support

Free and confidential support for victims of crime, including going to court

Government Websites

HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Find the right court or tribunal and other useful resources relating to courts and tribunals

Judicial College

Responsible for the training of the judiciary, including magistrates

Browse new and existing legislation

Legal Advice Organisations

Advice Local

Tailored information for your area

Citizens Advice Bureau

Provides legal advice

Law Centres Network

Offers face-to-face legal advice

LawWorks Clinics

Network of free legal advice sessions

The University of Law

Provides free legal advice to the public


Apply to become a magistrate

Find your local advisory committee and take the next step to becoming a magistrate

Eligibility Criteria for Magistrates

Find out if you are eligible to be a magistrate


Find the rates of allowance for financial loss, travel and subsidence for magistrates

Lord Chancellor’s Directions for Advisory Committees

Guidance on attendance and managing sittings

Sentencing Guidelines for use in Magistrates’ Court

All the Sentencing Guidelines and other materials magistrates need when sentencing offenders in court