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Commencing Proceedings Notes

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? filing = giving document into court
? issue = application of court issue stamp
? service = sending to other side
? bringing a claim = depositing documents at court; court date stamps on receipt
? particulars of claim - formal written statement setting out nature of C's case and nature of relief/remedy sought from D ISSUE OF CLAIM - SUMMARY

1. file: take claim form and documents to court

2. pay fee

3. issue claim CLAIM FORM Contents of claim form (r16.2(1), PD16 para 2, PD 7A para 3 and 4)

? names and addresses of parties - if not supplied - claim form issued but not served until supplied

? concise statement of nature of claim
? remedy sought; AND
? statement of value where claim for money - r16.3 o if damages to be decided by court - state (for track allocation) if expect to recover

? no more than PS10k
? PS10k - PS25k
? more than PS25k
? cannot say - r16.3(4)
? PI cases only - is PSLA above or below PS1000 - r16.3(3) o when calculating how much C expects to recover must disregard - r16.3(6)
? interest (future, which may be awarded by court)
? costs (which may be awarded by court)
? that court may find contributory negligence
? that D may make a counterclaim
? that defence may include a set-off
? D may be liable to pay money court awards to C to Secretary of State for Social Security

? if C only claims for specified sum of money - amount sought inc. accrued interest (interest up to date of issue)

? proceedings against crown - govt depts, officers of crown, brief details of how liability alleged to have arisen

? representatives' capacity (if any)
? statement of truth - part 22
? endorsement if HC claim o endorse with statement confirming HC's jurisdiction e.g. expect to recover
>PS25k (>PS50k PI) Issuing the claim form

? solicitor - makes copies, retains 1, sends others to court (OR personally takes them) with cover letter requesting issue of claim

? court - issues claim (seals claim forms), enters details in records, allocates claim number, sends notice of issue to C's solicitors (confirms date of service if court effecting service)

? designated money claims o can use if: (a) (b) (c) (d)

claim for debt AND / OR damages; AND started in coco; AND part 7 claim; AND NOT governed by special procedure

o must send claim form to Northampton coco for issue o undefended claims - transferred to C's preferred coco (specified in claim form)

o defended claims - stay in Northampton till parties file DQ OR stay to attempt ADR expired then transfer to D's home coco / that specified in DQ

? money claim online o can use if: (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) (g)

debt claims

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