Small Claims Court Fees

Small claims court fees depend upon the value of the claim. Fees are payable at two key stages. The first is the issue fee the court charges to start the claim. The second is the trial fee. If a defendant wishes to pursue a counterclaim, a fee will need to be paid by...

Litigants in person to get assistance under CPR

Under proposed changes to the court rules, represented parties are to help their opponents out. It is very common that parties involved in small claims litigation do not have legal representation, whether by a solicitor or barrister. This is because it is usually very...

Judge Falls Asleep During A Hearing

There was a rather embarrassing news report about a Judge falling asleep during a court hearing. Mrs Justice Parker was according to the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office, given ‘formal advice’ over the incident. She has not therefore been reprimanded or...

The Importance of Following the Court Rules

People using the courts without representation, have often been given very sympathetic and lenient treatment by Judges and court staff. However, not knowing the law or the court rules, is no excuse for failing to follow them. As we explained recently here in the case...

The Small Claims Mediation Service

The small claims mediation service is a free service provided by the civil courts for people involved in a small claims dispute. Read on to find out what it is, when you should use it and what you can do to prepare for it. The first thing to understand is that a...