Law and order

Civil law

The legal system in England and Wales is loosely divided into two sections: criminal and civil law.

Court system

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:


Welshpool court
Welshpool County Court

In addition the court is concerned to give a high standard of customer service: