Attending court

Attending court without a legal representative as a ‘litigant in person’ can be a stressful and daunting prospect. However, over the past decade it has become increasingly common for parties to self-represent.

Understanding the process and what to expect can help a litigant in person feel more prepared and able to manage the experience.

This section includes practical advice on representing yourself in court and we have templates available for different orders and witness statements.

We also have a page titled ‘who’s who in the family court’ which sets out the various professionals a litigant in person may encounter through the court process.

We are a digital-first service and ask that you only call our helpline for clarifying information or with an urgent safeguarding enquiry.