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This infograph shows the usual routes which a small claim will take from beginning to end.
The following is a short video of the usual journey that you will follow through the small claims court. Please be aware this could vary under the court’s inherent decision making powers. You will also note that the journey can take different paths and end at different times.
The short answer is anything assuming it falls into the small claims criteria (in terms of value and complexity – see ‘What are small claims?’ and ‘Allocation outside the small claims court’) and is not specifically excluded e.g. claims for harassment or unlawful eviction, in both cases relating to residential […]
It is important to remain as objective as you can be. We appreciate this can be difficult, particularly if you feel you have been wronged in some way. It would therefore be useful to have a trusted friend or contact who you know will give you honest feedback to your […]
1. Decide whether to defend the claim Whilst there is less risk in the small claims court of having to pay the Claimant’s legal costs if you lose the case, the first decision you have to make it whether you wish to defend the claim. Notwithstanding the lower risk of […]
The Defendant either has to acknowledge service within 14 days of service of the claim or submit a defence within 14 days. If the Defendant files an acknowledge of service within 14 days they will have a full 28 days from the service of claim within in which to submit […]
Do not underestimate the importance of this stage When you receive notice of the due date for allocation questionnaires, you should also receive notice of the proposed allocation. It is very likely that the court will propose to allocate your matter to the small claims court unless there is an […]
The starting position is CPR 26.6 which sets out the criteria for claims allocacted to the small claims court (or track as referred to in the rules) e.g. any claims woth a value of no more than £10,000 or claims for personal injury damages with a value of no more than £10,000. […]
Basically alternative dispute resolution or ADR for short is all other forms of dispute resolution other than court proceedings. The civil procedure rules encourage the parties to use ADR to resolve their dispute without the need for court action. You will also find that the judge will do the same. Although […]
Other useful resources to assist you navigate the small claims court Court finder – where to find any court in the England & Wales Civil Procedure Rules – the rules which govern the procedures for civil court cases The Small Claims Rules – this is Part 27 of the Civil Procedure Rules […]
The formal name for the process of showing the evidence that supports your case to the other party. ‘Standard’ disclosure refers to the usual way of going about the process as described in Part 31 of the Civil Procedure Rules.
Another name for Case Management Conference (See above). A hearing where the court decides or the parties agree (with the approval of the judge) the instructions they will follow to get the case ready for trial.
What the Defendant writes to explain why they dispute the Claimant’s claim.
Instructions setting out how a case will be dealt with or what the parties must do.
The rules may provide that something has taken place.
The official date when a party is deemed to have received a document.
The judge’s written decision or direction
What solicitors charge for the legal work they do (also known as ‘legal costs’). May also include court fees and other expenses.
The legal basis of your claim