Going to court is stressful and difficult, no matter why you have to go. Below is a brief guide that can help you if you have to go to Cardiff family court; it tells you everything you need to know, from where it is and how to get there, to what going to a court is like. If you need further family law advice, contact us today.
Where Is Cardiff Civil and Family Justice Centre?
Cardiff’s family court is the Cardiff Civil and Family Justic Centre. Located on Park Street, in the heart of the city centre, it is easy to access just a few minutes from Cardiff Castle. Its address is:
2 Park Street
For enquiries about family public law following a paper process, call 02920 376 414 (following a digital process for case numbers starting with C5, call 0330 808 4424). The email address for family law cases is [email protected].
How to Get to Cardiff Civil and Family Justice Centre
Cardiff’s divorce court is easy to access no matter where in the city you are. Being on Park Street, you can access it by following signs or directions for the Principality Stadium Park Street entrance.
If you access the city by train, it is a few minutes’ walk to the north of Cardiff Central Station (take St Mary St, turn left onto Wood St, and turn right onto Havelock St).
If you access the city by train, there are multiple places to park nearby, including the NCP Car Park Cardiff Central, the Penarth Road train station car park, and the John Lewis car park five minutes away.
If you access the city by bus, any bus line that stops off at the Principality Stadium or Cardiff Central Station will bring you to within a few minutes’ walk of the court.
What’s It Like to Go to Cardiff Civil and Family Justice Centre?
How to prepare. When you go to court, bring your hearing letter and case number, any papers you need for your hearing, and something to eat and drink (with the exception of alcohol). If you’re not sure what you need to bring, talk to your lawyer.
If the hearing will require you to meet your partner, prepare yourself for this so that you can remain calm and collected. Even aside from that you might find court a difficult, awkward or intimidating experience—but an experienced lawyer can help you through it.
You can wear what you want, although it is encouraged that you dress smartly. The only exception is that you can’t wear anything on your head except for religious reasons.
Arriving at the court. Be clear on how you’re going to get to the court before the day itself, so that you’re properly prepared. You should ideally arrive 30 minutes before the time stated on your hearing letter. Depending on the order in which the cases are seen, you may have to wait a while.
When you get to court, your bags and pockets will be checked like they would be at an airport. That’s because there are certain things you aren’t allowed to bring into the court, like weapons and alcohol. Unlike at an airport, however, you can have your things back when you leave.
In the hearing. Put your phone on silent, and don’t take any photos and videos. The first thing you’ll have to do is stand when a member of staff says ‘all rise’, which means that the judge/magistrate is about to enter the room. You’ll be told when it’s your turn to speak and what you have to do. Again, this can be nerve-wracking, but your lawyer will be there with you.
Contact Stowe Family Law Today
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