Useful Guides

You may find the links and information below helpful:

Exeter Crown Court

At The Police Station

If you're at a police station right now, or expecting to be taken to one at any moment, you need our help urgently - and more than you may realise.

DWP Interviews

If you are suspected of claiming benefits when you knew you were not entitled to them; or if you failed to notify of a change in your circumstances such as a partner moving in with you, a child has left home, or you have found employment, and you carried on claiming, you will be asked to go to an interview at the offices of the Department of Work and Pensions, HMRC or your local authority.

The Magistrates Court

If you have been charged or summonsed, you will be given a date to attend the Magistrates' Court, and unless your case is either too serious or you decide you want a trial by jury, the proceedings will start and end there.  

The Crown Court

If your case is to be heard in the Crown Court, then you will have either chosen to have your trial before a jury, or you will have been sent to the Crown Court by the Magistrates because the case is too serious.


After your case has concluded and we agree that your sentence is too harsh, or you believe you have been wrongly convicted, you will be advised on merits of an appeal.

Legal Aid

All legal aid, except for advice and assistance at the police station is means tested.  If you are in receipt of certain benefits you may qualify for a Representation Order.

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