An alternative procedure for issuing a claim to the court
This document contains details of the claimant’s claim which must be contained in the claim form or served shortly after the claim form has been served. The particulars should be a concise statement of the facts of the claim
People involved in court proceedings either as the defendant(s) or claimant(s)
Costs that one party must pay to another
Directions attached to an order of a Court stating the penalty for disobedience may result in imprisonment
Application made to the Court without legal representation
A civil claim, which relates to physical or mental harm suffered by a claimant, due to the defendant’s alleged negligence
Personal delivery (i.e. not by mail) of a claim, summons or notice
Documents setting out claim/defence of parties involved in civil proceedings
An online Service which allows claimants to start legal proceedings related to property online. Defendants can use the service to respond to a claim against them also
Legal proceedings by a landlord to recover land or property such as a house or flat.
An order attached to some injunctions to allow the police to arrest a person who has broken the terms of the order
These are steps to be followed by parties to a dispute prior to legal action. The aim of the to increase co-operation between parties and therefore the chances of an early settlement
These are steps to be followed by parties to a dispute prior to legal action. The aim is to increase co-operation between parties and therefore the chances of an early settlement
The decision of a case which established principles of law that act as an authority for future cases of a similar nature
A hearing in which the Judge ensures that the parties understand what they must do to comply with any directions and offers guidance on such matters as the use of an expert witness. This hearing is before the final hearing
A pre-trial checklist is completed before the trial. The checklist is for the parties and the Judge, as a reminder of the issues to be considered. The checklist will then be reviewed at a pre-trial review just before the final hearing.
A meeting at which the Judge considers the issues before the timetable for the trial /final hearing date is finalised
See Queen's Counsel
To annul; i.e. to declare no longer valid
A quasi-judicial function is an executive function that involves the exercise of discretion (judgment). Court staff perform quasi-judicial executive functions such as managing the issuing of claims, serving court documents and deciding what would be reasonable for the defendant to pay – for example, see determination.
In a damages claim the amount to be determined by the court
A division of the High Court. The QBD has jurisdiction (reasonability for) civil disputes involving the recovery of money, including breach of contract; personal injuries; libel and slander
Barristers of at least ten years standing may apply to become queen's counsel. QCs undertake work of an important nature and are referred to as 'silks' which is derived from the Courts gown that is worn. Will be known as king's counsel if a king assumes the throne
Transferring the case from one allocated track to another. This can happen if the value of the case increases
If the defendant or claimant objects to the rate of repayment set by a court officer, the judge will decide on the matter. See Determination.
A response pack is sent to the defendant in a civil claim with the claim form or with the particulars of claim (if they were served separately). The pack contains all the forms needed to reply to the claim
Where a defendant who has been evicted by a bailiff illegally re-enters the property the claimant must issue a warrant of restitution with the court in order to regain possession
Entitlement to appear before a Court in a legal capacity and conduct proceedings on behalf of a party to the proceedings