If you want to give yourself the best chance with your small claim, you need our ultimate guide.
We avoid legal jargon as we want to help people and businesses, to help themselves with low value disputes.
This site only relates to small claims in England and Wales. Other countries, even Scotland, have different rules.
Stick around and learn how to deal with your small claim dispute, with our free hints, tips and news.
Going to small claims court in England or Wales and dealing with it yourself? Don't know what to expect or looking for some tips to improve your chances at trial? Our site should take away some of the mystery and help you achieve a successful outcome. We will point you in the direction of some great resources and provide practical tips which will be of help. We have also recently added our ultimate guide for you to download.
Our site relates to small claims court disputes, such as debts and contractual disputes under £10,000 in value. It does not apply to claims such as personal injury, insolvency, employment or property possession, as the rules and procedures for those types of claim are different. We are not connected with the courts. We are not solicitors or giving legal advice. Speak to a solicitor if you need advice on the facts and strength of your particular case.
How does the court deal with low value civil claims and what difference is there to higher value claims?
What is the small claims mediation service and is it worth using?
Read on and we will break it down for you.
The saying goes “fail to prepare and prepare to fail”.
The more quality preparation you make in advance of the hearing, the better chance you give yourself at trial. In particular, it is very important to meet any deadlines set by the court.
What to expect on the day of the court trial. What should you call the Judge? What if the other person is lying?
The process needn’t be nerve-wrecking. The more prepared you are, the less nervous you should be.
Read on for hints, tips and etiquette.
This is the starting point. What are small claims and what are they all about?
How is one started and what should you expect?
This is the place to start. What are small claims and how are they different from other types of claims?
The claim is started at court and the defendant has a certain amount of time to respond. The court also provides a free mediation service.
What if you haven’t started the claim and are the defendant? It can feel like being on a rollercoaster you didn’t know you were getting on. Don’t bury your head in the sand.
If you want to do the best job you can dealing with your small claim, you need to read our guide to take you through the process, step by step, and in plain English.
Check out our FAQ section here. Whilst we cannot answer individual queries, if after reading the site you do have an unanswered question, please complete the form at the bottom of the page.
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There are lots of great free resources out there but a lot of them are hidden away or not known of by new court users. We tell you them.
There are lots of great free resources out there but most of them are hidden away or not known of by new court users. We bring them together for you in a simple and free fact sheet.
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