About Us

Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau (RCJ Advice Bureau) is a Citizens Advice Bureau that was originally established to provide free legal advice to litigants in person who were appearing at the High Court based at the Royal Courts of Justice. We continue to deliver this service and have expanded our services over recent years to meet the needs of disadvantaged people and communities.

RCJ Advice Bureau exists to:

“Tackle inequality and poverty by ensuring access to justice for people who need help enforcing or defending their rights”.

Our service aims are:

  • To provide the advice people need for the problems they face.
  • To improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives.

We provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on rights and responsibilities. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.

The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau was first set up in 1978 as an 18 month ‘experiment’ upon the initiative of the then Lord Chancellor, Lord Elwyn-Jones to help bridge a gap in legal services as a result of changes in the Legal Aid system.

A working party was established by the Judges Council and the bureau service was increased to five days a week, enhanced by the establishment of a Pro Bono Scheme from both the Bar and Solicitors.

These are unique services serving litigants in person involved in a wide range of proceedings which ensure that litigants in person are able to access procedural advice that enhances their presentation of their own case.

Our latest annual report detailing our work is available here.