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What happens at court?

Going to court can be an intimidating experience. Courts are busy places and going to court can be stressful, especially if you don't know what to expect. However, it might not be as bad as you think. This section gives you some pointers so you'll be more prepared if you have to go to court in person.

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  • Arriving at court

    This page gives you some tips on where to go and what time to get there, among other things.

  • How to behave and what to wear

    Courtrooms are formal places and there are rules about how it works. This page gives you some hints and tips so that you know what to expect.

  • Who's who at court

    This page explains who's who in sheriff courts, how to identify them and who'll be involved in your case.

  • What happens during the hearing?

    Find out what happens when your case is in court for a detailed hearing or 'proof'. Before you go to court, make sure you know if it's a first hearing or a full, detailed hearing.

  • Court decisions

    If your case is in the sheriff court, it may go through several stages before a decision. At the end of a detailed hearing, the sheriff has several options. Find out what might happen.

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