Written by experienced landlord and tenant solicitor Tessa Shepperson, the Novice Guide to Court Hearings eBook has a clear and easy to understand style and includes sample documents and forms to help you prepare your case (Video Embedded).

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The Novice Guide to Court Hearings is written for Court Hearings in England and Wales. Some of the principles discussed in the book will be helpful for ALL hearings, but Tessa (being an English solicitor) cannot speak for any courts other than those she knows.

The examples used to illustrate the points and procedures in the book are mostly taken from the field of landlord and tenant law (as Tessa is a specialist in that area of work) but again, the general principles will apply to all types of case. However the book will be particularly helpful for people needing to attend hearings for possession, and other hearings relating to rented property.

Contents include:

  • Foreword by Steve Wiseman – former Chief Executive of a local Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Introduction – some background information on court proceedings
  • Guidance on settlement – you should always try to reach an agreement with your opponent if you can. This saves everyone’s time. This book discusses the best way to do it, and shows you what a ‘consent order’ looks like.
  • Preparation – preparation is key. If you have your case details at your finger tips you are more likley to do well. This chapter runs through all the things you need to do and take with you to court. Includes a draft front page of a bundle of documents, and a draft witness statement.
  • Before the hearing – what do you do when you arrive at court? This chapter talks you though it, and discusses what sort of things you need to talk about with your opponent before the hearing (if you are on speaking terms, that is!)
  • Interim hearings and applications – not all court hearings are trials. Some of them are ‘interim hearings’ – hearings before the Judge to make decisions about how your case will be dealt with. Or there can be applications for various purposes – such as adding a new defendant or enforcement of a judgment. This chapter gives essential guidance on how to deal with them.
  • Trials – this is the big one, the one that everyone is scared of! But you need not be if you follow the guidance set out here. This chapter explains how the Judge will normally deal with the trial hearing and gives some tips and tricks (often used by lawyers) to help you make sure that nothing is left out in your presentation.
  • Judgement and costs – this chapter looks at what happens when the Judge makes his decision, and the things that you will need to check with him afterwards. Including a short discussion on legal costs.
  • After the hearing – this chapter looks at what you can do if you miss the hearing, appeals (very briefly) and discusses the order that you will recieve from the court.

The Novice Guide to Court Hearings ebook is available for £12 from Your Landlord Store. Watch the Video Preview below.