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...

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...

Can’t Attend A Court Hearing Date?

In small claims matters, after the directions questionnaires have been filed at court, it will set a court hearing date for the trial to take place. It should take into account any dates you specified to avoid in the directions questionnaire. The court hearing date...

Without Prejudice – What Is It And When To Use It

Without prejudice is often written on letters in correspondence during court proceedings. Often, no thought is given to why or what it means. It does not only apply to written communications but also to meetings and discussions. When Does Without Prejudice Apply? The...

Small Claims Rules To Be Simplified?

Small claims rules follow the same court rules as higher value claims, with a small number of modifications. The Civil Procedure Rules which apply to civil claims are found here. It takes quite some time to get familiar with them. Even then, there is specific case law...