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    Q227: I have been charged with an offence and am appearing at court, do I need a solicitor?

    If you are a defendant then it is always advisable to get legal advice. If you do not have a solicitor then there will always be a duty solicitor in most Magistrates courts. If you are appearing at Crown Court then it is likely that you will already have a solicitor and a barrister.

    If you are appearing as a witness at court, either Magistrates or Crown court, then you do not need a solicitor.

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