How long does a Small Claim take?

It is a difficult question to answer accurately given the number of variables to any one case e.g. how the other side respond or how the court responds or how busy the court diary is.

If you case is not defended, you can apply for judgment in default (See our page on ‘applying for judgment in default’)

If the case is defended, the small claims track usually has a shorted timetable to bring the matter to a final hearing. There may be a hearing to decide these directions or the court may decide the timetable without a hearing.

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