What is an In Court Advisor?
An In Court Advisor is an independent advisor, based within Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, who can advise and assist people involved in civil cases who do not already have a solicitor and someone else representing them.
The advisor is employed by East Ayrshire Council. The service is funded by Scottish Legal Aid Board and covers the jurisdiction of Kilmarnock Sheriff Court (East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire).
An In Court Advisor can assist in:
- Summary Cause cases (rent arrears/eviction) for amounts between £3000 and £5000 (private rented or social landlord)
- Simple Procedure cases for amounts up to £3000
- Debt/Consumer/Benefit Issues
An In Court Advisor can:
- give you general advice about the law relating to your summary cause or Simple Procedure case, but they cannot give you legal advice
- if you have a court hearing, they can give you as much help as possible to make sure you give the Sheriff relevant information
- provide representation on your behalf at the court hearing
- refer you to other appropriate agencies for further assistance
Where will I find the In Court Advisor?
The In Court Advice Service is on the ground floor of the main Sheriff Court building, directly across from the Fines office. The Advisor will be in the court building every day and in court on Friday when the civil court is sitting. Please just knock the door and make yourself known.
It is better to seek advice prior to your calling date. If you would prefer to make an appointment please call 01563 549367 or 07876 878853 (Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4pm).