Practical information & advice

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Here you’ll find links to various parts of this site where we have information and useful resources relating to courts.

I’m due to go to court – how should I prepare?

We’re limited in how we can advise people who are due to go to court, as our focus is on the impact of criminal records (once received). Useful links include:

I’ve been to court – what do I need to know now?

If you received a conviction in court, we’d advise that you make use of this site to find out more about the areas of your life that may be impacted as a result. Useful links include:

Can I serve on a jury with a criminal record?

If you have a criminal record it may mean that you’re not allowed to serve on a jury. Not all convictions count but periods of imprisonment, a suspended sentence or community order can exclude you. A useful link is:



Here you’ll find some of the common advice we give on courts. This is based on what we’ve learnt as a charity, and the real-life experiences of people with convictions.

  • If you’ve been to court to be convicted, think about whether you will ever need an official record of what happened. For example, you might be wanting to (re)enter a profession, where you might need to provide transcripts of the sentencing. If this applies to you, you might want to get copies of court transcripts, before they’re destroyed.


Here you’ll find links to useful organisations and websites related to courts that we refer to in our information and advice. Contact details for the organisation listed below can be found here.

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