Court process and hearings
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.
Changes to Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) hearings, adjournments, and access to Legal Aid during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Steps for taking a case to court under Part 7 general procedure or the Part 8 alternative procedure or fixed date procedure.
Alternatives to court action could help avoid the time, cost and stress of taking a case to court.
Negotiating with the other side prior to going into court and agreements agreement made by the parties before the hearing.
Permitted legal representatives depend on the type of court and proceedings, and the parties may speak for themselves in all courts.
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.
Acceptable evidence and evidence considered inadmissible by the court, witness statements, and presenting evidence to the court and the other party to proceedings.
Documents to prepare and file with the court as evidence at hearings for rent arrears, mortgage possession, and disrepair.
Each member of court staff has their functions and tasks in administration of County Court proceedings.
People should dress smartly and follow the rules on representation, order of speaking and general conduct in court.
Proceedings may take place in open court with general public allowed to attend or in private in judge’s chambers, depending on sensitivity of a case.
Situations in which a case can be 'truck out (dismissed) or the hearing can be adjourned (put off to a later date).
Judicial review can be used to challenge private registered provider of social housing (PRPSH) decisions of public nature.