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The Structure of the English and Welsh Civil Courts

For non-lawyers the court hierarchy system can be confusing. For example, what is a County Court? Why is a claim issued in the Queen’s Bench Division? How do I make an appeal to the Supreme Court?

There is a hierarchy to the English and Welsh courts that deal with non-criminal cases. Starting with the Supreme Court at the top all the way down to local county courts.

There are also many divisions of the High Court each with their own specialisms and with some county courts carrying out High Court work, the structure and flow between courts can be confusing even for litigation lawyers!

We have put together a handy downloadable guide showing all of the English and Welsh Courts (excluding tribunals) to show how the different courts fit with each other.

Download the PDF file .

If you have any questions, please contact our Dispute Resolution Team.

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