East Ayrshire Council have an In Court Advice Service to assist people attending Kilmarnock Sheriff Court for certain types of cases. The Advisors give practical help and are based in the court building.
The Court Advisors are there to offer advice and assistance to people involved in civil cases who do not already have a solicitor or someone else representing them.
What help can a Court Advisor give?
The Court Advisors can:
- give you general advice about the law relating to your case and help you prepare for your court appearance
- help with preparing time to pay directions and time to pay orders
- if you have a court hearing that day, give you as much help as possible to make sure you give the Sheriff relevant information
- refer you to an appropriate agency for further assistance
Cases the Court Advisors can help with
The Court Advisors can help with the following types of cases:
- Small Claims cases for amounts up to £3000
- Summary Cause cases for amounts between £3000 and £5000
- housing cases where they involve rented property
- debt/consumer/benefit issues
How to contact the Court Advisors
The Court Advisor's office is on the ground floor of the main Sheriff Court building in Kilmarnock, directly across from the Fines office. The Advisors will be in the court building every day and in court on Fridays when the civil court is sitting. It is better to seek advice prior to your case calling date and if you would prefer to make an appointment please call the number at the bottom of this page.
It is important to bring along all paperwork relating to your case, such as:
- court summons
- rent payment records
- contract documents
- receipts or other proof of payment
- credit agreements
- benefit award/Decision letters