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Taking legal action

Taking legal action can be stressful and expensive. It will help if you understand how the legal system works and what kind of help you can get.

These pages explain the different types of courts that make up the legal system and what they are used for.

You can find how if you are entitled to help with costs and who can give legal advice. You can also find information about how to solve your problem without going to court.

Courts of law

Information about the court system, covering civil and criminal courts including an outline of international courts.

Using a solicitor

Information on whether a solicitor is needed to provide legal advice, making a choice, guidelines on costs and complaints procedure.

What is a small claim

Introductory information on the small claims procedure for settling claims up to £3,000.

What to do if someone owes you money or compensation for faulty goods or services

Information about how to take court action under the small claims procedure for money owed to you or for faulty goods or services.

What happens if you are taken to court for money you owe

Information about what to do if someone takes you to court under the small claims procedure claiming that you owe them money for faulty goods or services.

Help with legal costs

Document covers sources of advice and help with legal costs from publicly funded and other legal help schemes in Scotland.

Jury service

Information on jury service covering who can serve, and rights and duties of jurors.

Young people and the law

Document covers the age of criminal responsibility and the rights of young people in police custody and in criminal and civil proceedings.