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Allocating a case to a track

This content applies to England & Wales

The different tracks that a case can be allocated to.

General information

When a case commenced in the county court is defended, the court will allocate it to a particular track. 

Deciding which track to use

How the court will decide which track to allocate a case to. 

Small claims track

The small claims track, suitable for most straightforward low-value claims. 

Fast track

Information about the fast track, which is generally suitable for claims outside the jurisdiction of the small claims track. 


The multi-track, which is generally suitable for high-value, lengthy, or complex cases. 

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