Welcome to RCJ Advice

We deliver free legal advice to people with a court case in the civil and family courts in England and Wales. All our services are available by email, phone and over zoom. We also have limited in person slots and our offices are now open at the Royal Courts of Justice, and the 4th floor of the Central London Family Court.

To apply for an appointment with either our civil or family legal services please

  • Complete a triage form. We will review if the matter is urgent or has an immediate deadline and try and help as many people as possible with legal advice. If we cannot offer you an appointment we will give you details of other organisations that can help you.
  • Both our civil and family services have a phone service if you need help completing a triage appointment.

We have a range of other advice projects. These are listed below and please see the website page for the service you need for further details.

Our free legal advice is available if you:

  • Are unable to afford a solicitor
  • Have a current civil or family matter that is in court, or is likely to go to court
  • Live in England & Wales

We are not able to advise on criminal, personal injury, or probate matters or assist if you live outside of the UK. We will always give details of other organisations who can assist if we can't help.

Civil - For anyone with a civil case in a County Court, High Court or Court of Appeal who needs legal advice and cannot afford a lawyer please read our civil triage form, complete this form and email to civiltriage@rcjadvice.org.uk. You can also call us on 0203 475 4373 between the hours of 2pm - 4pm Monday, Wednesday, or Friday if you require assistance completing the form.

Family - For anyone with a family case such as divorce, children or finance who needs legal advice and cannot afford a lawyer please read our family triage form and email to familytriage@rcjadvice.org.uk.

You can also call 0203 745 8921 2pm - 4pm Monday, Tuesday , and Thursday if you require assistance completing the form

Our other advice projects include:

Domestic abuse - We deliver free legal advice for women survivors and you can call us on 0203 745 7707 or email us flows@rcjadvice.org.uk.

If you want legal protection via a non-molestation order or occupation order please register for CourtNav FL401 This is available to anyone and is available all the time, including bank holidays.

Men facing domestic abuse can also contact our family legal team for legal advice (see family legal service above).

Employment - If you need advice on employment problems you are facing and you live in London please email our team on elas@rcjadvice.org.uk and we can help if we are able to.

Housing - Our housing team provide advice on a range of housing issues such as threatened eviction, or homelessness and can be contacted at housing@rcjadvice.org.uk or call 020 7947 7484.

SPIPS - We deliver the Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP) by zoom. This is a 4 hour course which looks at how to put the needs of children first during separation. If you have a court order SPIPS are provided free. If you want to attend a SPIP privately there is a charge. Please contact SPIPS@rcjadvice.org.uk

Please see how all our services can assist you and use the details given to contact the services.

If you have any queries about how the courts are changing the way they are dealing with cases please check www.gov.uk for for the latest announcements.


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