How CourtNav works

The application process

CourtNav is a free online service to help you put together an application to get a court order against domestic abuse.

Here’s a step-by-step outline of what happens.

  1. Create a free CourtNav account

    Your CourtNav account allows you to keep track of your application and save your progress as you complete the online form. You can log in and work on it as many times as you need to.

  2. Complete your online application

    Give details on our online form about your situation, the domestic abuse you’ve experienced, and what you want the court to do. If you’re not sure about something, you can leave notes and questions on the form. We will try to pick up your case within 24 hours during the working week. From your completed information, we’ll generate an official application and supporting statement to submit to court.

  3. Choose your legal support

    CourtNav will connect you to legal support to help you take your application forward.

    When you’ve completed your form, the next step is to get legal support from a trusted law firm. Choose from our list of trusted local and national legal firms to help you. Your chosen firm will help you get legal aid if you’re eligible for it or you may have to pay for their services. If your case is suitable, your legal advisers will submit your application for you and represent you in court.

    If you are unable to get legal aid or work with the legal firm, you will get legal support from the CourtNav team. We will give you free legal advice and help you get your application ready, but we can’t submit it for you or represent you in court.

    Why should I get legal support?

  4. A legal adviser checks your completed form

    Your legal adviser will check your completed form and make sure you’ve included all the necessary information for the court. They’ll make changes if needed, and respond to all your questions.

  5. Your application goes to court

    When you’re happy with everything, you confirm that you’re ready for court. If you’re working with a law firm, your legal adviser will submit your application for you. If you’re working with the CourtNav team, we’ll tell you how to submit the form.

    What happens after I apply?