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If you are representing yourself at court, then the VPS would normally serve you case papers in paper form at court.
The first court hearing is a preliminary hearing, where pleas will be taken and if decision as to which court will deal with the case, Magistrates or Crown Court.
Although you cannot get legal aid for full representation. At the magistrates court for the first hearing, you will be able to use the duty solicitor to represent you. Then moving forward, you can either pay privately or represent yourself.
If the case goes to crown court, ypu, an again apply for legal aid. It is still means tested, but legal aid will be granted, along with an amount you would have to pay yourself. Of you are found not guilty at crown court you get your money back plus interest.I hope this helps answer your question.
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You may find it very difficult to find a lawyer will ing to accept your case only to represent you at court. They will need to have a full understanding of the case, he papers, and everything else to be able to represent property.
You will need to contact the Crown court dealing with your trial and the CPS to obtain case papers, it is possible you will as a self representing defendant be allowed access to the system, but more likely a case bundle will be prepared for you.
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