Law and order
The legal system in England and Wales is loosely divided into two sections:
criminal and civil law.
The County Court typically deals with small claims which are commenced by the
claimant putting a summons into court. This is a legal document
giving details of what is claimed and why. It also deals with divorces, commenced
by petition. One county court in Powys described its work:
- Today we issued the 182nd divorce of the year. We have seen
a tremendous increase in divorces and Childrens Act applications this
year. We have issued 370 County Court summonses this year, this is lower than
other years but the Court
Service are encouraging issue to be done centrally on-line by a system
called "Money claim online".
Welshpool County Court
In addition the court is concerned to give a high standard of customer service:
- The office is busy preparing for the Charter Mark application
which is due to be submitted in 3 weeks time following which an assessor will
visit the office in November. The Charter
Mark measures the level of customer service and satisfaction.