50 videos to help people going to court
We have come across a number of videos produced to help people going to court. Some of these are guides to a particular court, others talk through what a litigant or witness should do during a particular procedure. We thought we would gather them all in one place so you can see what is available. please let us know if you have come across any additional videos you think are useful.
The Family Court:
(scroll down for videos relating to other courts and tribunal hearings)
- Advicenow: How to represent yourself in Family Court in England and Wales
This video, published by Advicenow in 2015, is for people who have to represent themselves in court on a family issue. It looks at the things people worry about most and shows some simple tips for putting a case across as well as possible.
- How to fill in your financial statement
- The Family Court without a lawyer
Barrister Lucy Reed has produced a series of three videos for litigants in person in the Family Courts. The videos are mainly for parents involved in disputes about their children, but may also be useful for other family cases. The videos cover preparing for your first court hearing, the hearing itself and giving evidence and challenging evidence.
- Preparing for a hearing - HMCTS
HMCTS published a series of short videos on YouTube in 2017 giving guidance on preparing for hearing in the Family Court. These videos cover 1. Making your application to court, 2. Attending the first hearing & 3. Attending a full hearing.
- Who is who in a Family or Civil Court? - HMCTS
In 2017 HMCTS also published a one and a half minute animation on coming to a Civil or Family Court. This is part of a series of videos to introduce people to the Magistrates’ Court, the Crown Court and the Civil Court. More information can be viewed on their website.
Caffcass published a video in 2015 entitled What happens after I receive a letter’. In the video, a Cafcass Family Court Adviser explains what work is carried out after an application is made about arrangements for children, like where they will live or who they will spend time with, before the first hearing at court.
- Domestic Violence - Safety in Family Court
Rights of Women have made ‘Safety in the Family Court’, a four-minute film for survivors of domestic violence on the ways the courts can help make the process safer.
The Magistrates’ Court
- Who’s who in the Magistrates’ Court? - HMCTS
In 2017, HMCTS published a one and a half minute animation on ‘Coming to a Magistrates’ Court’. This is part of a series of videos to introduce people to the Magistrates’ Court, the Crown Court and the Civil Court. More information can be viewed on their website
- Representing yourself in the Magistrates’ Court - Old Bailey Solicitors
Old Bailey Solicitors have created six short videos in 2016 designed to assist individuals who are planning to represent themselves in the Magistrates’ Court. These can be viewed here.
- What to expect - motoring offenses
In 2013, Pragma Law published a video entitled ‘Magistrates’ Courts – What to Expect’. In the video, Offence Solicitor Lucy Whitaker gives an overview of court procedure for drivers facing their first court hearing. You can view the video here.
The Crown Court
- Who’s who in the Crown Court? - HMCTS
In 2017, HMCTS published a one and a half minute animation on ‘Coming to a Crown Court’. This is part of a series of videos to introduce people to the Magistrates’ court, the Crown Court
- An Introduction to the Crown Court - University of Derby
The University of Derby published five-minute introduction to the Crown Court, outlining clearly the different roles within it and how a trial at the court works.
The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court have a YouTube channel in which they explain what the Supreme Court is and what happens there. The introductory film is primarily aimed at GSCE/Standard Grade students and explores the role and the workings of the Supreme Court.
- What to Expect at an Employment Tribunal Hearing - BPP University
BPP University have created a three-part video series on ‘What to Expect at an Employment Tribunal Hearing’. The videos, published in 2017, include information on arriving at the Hearing centre, what to take with you, what happening during the hearing itself including giving evidence and what happens after the hearing has finished, including remedy and appeals.
- Northern Ireland
Nidirect published a series of videos in 2013 to help people prepare for a tribunal hearing at particular courthouses which show people where to go and what to expect when they arrive at the courthouse. The videos cover:
Going to court as a witness
- The Ministry of Justice have published an eight-part animated series on going to court as a witness which includes information on the witness care unit, the justice process, information about the different courts and what to expect at the trial. First published in 2015, the videos can be viewed here.
- The University of Derby have published a seven-part video series available on YouTube on Giving Evidence in Court, which followers the story of a new officer Holmes as she prepares to give evidence in court for the first time.
These videos were first published in Dec 2013, and include a 30-minute video following the trial from beginning to end.