If you are appearing in court for the first time, first thing you must consider is whether or not you will need a solicitor to assist you.
Everyone decides to deal with court appearances differently: one person may feel confident enough to deal with proceedings themselves, whilst another may feel more comfortable seeking guidance throughout proceedings.
Where you make the decision that you will want or need a solicitor, we advise you to find one well in advance of the hearing. It is important that you discuss pricing with your solicitor so you are fully aware on the amount you are expected to pay.
Where you are facing a charge that carries the possibility of imprisonment, you will then be entitled to be represented by a Duty Solicitor at court for one hearing free of charge; exceptions may apply to this rule.
Arriving in court
There is no official dress requirement when attending court. However, we advise our clients to dress smartly to present themselves in the best light.
When you arrive at court you will be ushered to the dock where you will be identified by your name and address. The manner in which you address the court will be dependent on where your hearing is being held. In the Magistrates Court you would address the judge as ‘Sir’. A judge in the Crown Court is normally addressed as ‘Your Honour’. In the case you get these terms wrong, you will not get into any trouble.
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Charges handed out by UK police forces for stalking have increased by 33% since 2012. Within the UK there is no clear cut definition for stalking. The term is generally used to describe intentional repeated behaviour which caused fear, upset and annoyance to the victim.
You may be accused of stalking if you are:
- Following a person
- Contacting or attempting to contact a person by any means
- Publishing any statement or other material relating to that person or purporting to be from that person
- Monitoring a person’s use of the Internet, email or other communication
- Loitering in any place
- Interfering with any property in possession of a person
- Watching or spying on a person
- Publishing or threats to publicise intimate photographs
Stalking is predominantly viewed from the perspective of the victim. The courts will look at whether or not the behaviour of the defendant affected the victim’s ability to carry out their day to day responsibilities.
It is important to acknowledge an individual’s response to your contact with them no matter the contact. If you ignore these responses and signs you face the risk of being accused of stalking.
How can we help?
No matter your circumstances, our team may be able to support in this highly stressful time. You can help in applying for legal assistance on your behalf and appeal to a free agent in court. In any case, you cannot always get a free agent, but it might be helpful to ask if we can help you.
Our goal is to treat to each case with the utmost urgency, and deal with the matter as soon as possible so you can continue your day.
A quick call can make all the difference and save you money. For more information, call 020 7737 9330 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.