Legal system

Dealing with legal issues can be difficult and confusing.

Here we explain how to take your case to court and get legal advice. There is also information on what the police can do and how they should treat you and what rights you have if you're in prison.

This content applies to England

Information on rape and sexual assault and female genital mutilation, including definitions, sources of specialist help and further information.


Rights of children and young people in criminal and civil proceedings including information on police custody, witnesses and the legal help scheme.

Information on activities which need a licence or official permission, how to apply and where to get further information.