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Taking a case to court

This content applies to England & Wales

Process of taking a case to a county court, Civil Procedure Rules, fees, allocation of a case to one of three tracks, and documents to use as evidence.

Process and rules for taking a case to court

Steps for taking a case to court under Part 7 general procedure or the Part 8 alternative procedure or fixed date procedure. 

Online money and possession claims

Some money claims and possession claims meeting specified criteria may be started online with most procedural steps also done electronically. 

Court and tribunal fees

A court fee is usually payable when a claim or an action is started in a court or tribunal. Fees depend on the type of action being taken. 

County court case track allocations

A list of different legal tracks that a case can be allocated to. General information about the fast track, small claims track and multi-track. 

What documents to take to court

Documents to prepare and file with the court as evidence at hearings for rent arrears, mortgage possession, and disrepair. 

Evidence in civil claims

Acceptable evidence and evidence considered inadmissible by the court, witness statements, and presenting evidence to the court and the other party to proceedings. 

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