- April 4, 2015
If someone owes you money and won’t pay you then you can make a court claim against them, often referred to as taking someone to ‘small claims court’.
You will pay a small fee which varies on the amount you’re claiming for, you will either win or lose your case.
Before you do this, you might find a mediation service a cheaper and quicker solution, however it will depend on your previous dealings with the other party on whether you believe they will agree to this.
You may have to pay more fees later on – eg if there’s a court hearing, or you need to get a judgment enforced.
If you win your case you may be able to claim court fees back from the other party.
Once you’ve submitted your claim, the other party has 14 days to respond. If they ignore your response you can get the court to order them to pay.
If they pay you or you mutually agree a solution to the issue then you must inform them that you’re withdrawing the claim & you must inform the court. If you do this before 7 days of the hearing you may get your court fees refunded.
Trying to settle outside of court is best for everyone involved.
Then you will most likely have to go to court, further fees will be payable.
If your case is a small claim – under £10,000 – it may be dealt with using written evidence, without a hearing.
If there is a hearing, you can:
Small claims hearings can be held in the judge’s room or a court-room at a county court.
There may be a more formal hearing if you’re claiming for more than £10,000 and you should get legal advice.
For more information please go to https://www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money/overview2 comments