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1 Richard Young In-Court Advice Service Airdrie Sheriff Court

2 Subject Practical Experience of Assisting Court Users

3 Disclaimers

4 Funding

5 Airdrie CAB

6 Airdrie Sheriff Court

7 Objectives Advice on rights and responsibilities Advice on court procedures and practices Options and outcomes explained Negotiation with other parties Provision of representation

8 Remit Help unassisted court users Civil cases o Small Claims o Summary Causes o Ordinary Causes Pursuers and defenders Debt – Consumer – Housing

9 Caseload Chart

10 Client Status

11 Initial Questions How much will it cost? Will I win? What if I lose? Will they have a lawyer? How long will it take?

12 Raising Action Who do I raise proceedings against? What information/evidence do I need? Will I need to speak in court? Will lots people be there? How do I fill in the forms?

13 Client’s Version Box 4 Claim (form of decree or other order sought) I want my £ back

14 Correct Version Box 4 Claim (form of decree or other order sought) The pursuer claims from the defender(s) the sum of £ with interest on that sum at the rate of 8% annually from the date of service, together with the expenses of bringing the claim

15 Client Sees Box 4 Claim (form of decree or other order sought) Преследователь требует от защитника (ов) суммы из Ь с интересом на той сумме по курсу 8 % ежегодно от даты обслуживания, вместе с расходами обеспечения требования

16 During Action Difficulty understanding procedures Confused by legal jargon Unsure about outcomes Stigma of being in court Scared in court

17 Common Issues Failure to respond Frustrated by Minute for Recall Formality of proceedings Undefended cases Perception that system is unfair

18 Post Action When will court give me my money? Really? How do I get it then? A Sheriffs What? Who are they? What, I’ve to pay even more money? System more fair for other party

19 Contact Details Richard Young In-Court Advice Service Airdrie Sheriff Court Sheriff Court House Graham Street Airdrie North Lanarkshire ML6 6EE Tel: Fax:


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