Small Claims Court | Introduction

Bringing a small claim in the small claims court can be both time consuming and costly in terms of court fees. However it is still the most cost-effective way to bring a claim, if you are claiming no more than £5,000.
 
It is important to remember that if you consult a solicitor or barrister regarding a small claim you will not be able to claim back these costs, even if you win your case. This is because the small claims court is intended to be used by members of the public representing themselves, rather than seeking advice or representation from a lawyer. However, you are still able to claim back court fees, if you win your case. 
 
CompactLaw provides information on how to make a small claim, including claiming your court costs and interest on what you are owed. Other important considerations are time limits for starting a claim.
 
We also cover the important areas of defending against a claim and enforcement of a claim, if you win.
 
See also our page on current court fees.
 
We also have a helpful section for examples of small claims cases.
 
You can bring or respond to a small claim online via the HM Courts & Tribunal Service Money Claim Online service - the initial process and paperwork is all handled online.
 
However, we would always recommend (wherever possible) seeking a resolution to your dispute without going to court. Mediation can be a very cost-effective way to reach a proper resolution without court action. The fees for mediation usually depend on the value of the claim and the number of hours of mediation required. The Ministry of Justice provides a directory of approved Civil Mediation providers.
 

Can I bring a small claim?

Claiming costs for a small claim

Claiming interest in the small claims court

Statutory Interest

How to claim in the small claims court

Deciding a Specific Issue

Time limits for bringing a small claim

Judgment in Default

Summary Judgment

Statement of Truth

Striking out a Claim or a Defence

Enforcement of a small claim judgment

Affidavit in Support

Bankruptcy in the small claims court

Setting Aside Judgment

Human Rights Act 1998 - and your civil case

Small Claims - Links & Addresses

Small Claims Court - FAQs

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