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Help sheet for P1 (c) Civil Courts
Information cue card 1 (County Court)
They are staffed by Circuit Judges (or occasionally by Recorders) and by District Judges
combining administrative with judicial functions.
The jurisdiction of each County Court is limited but covers contract and tort actions (other than
defamation) up to £50 000, some land, equity and probate cases, rent and hirepurchase
matters, and some other civil actions with the consent of both parties.
Most County Court work consists of "trader actions", in which a business claims against an
individual for goods or services supplied on credit and not paid for.
County court hears all small claims cases and fast track cases. Unless parties agree
claims over £50 000 are not usually tried in the County Court. Multi track cases above £15
000 can sometimes be dealt with at the County Court.
Information cue card 2 (High Court)
The High Court consists of three divisions
Queen's Bench Division deals with contract and tort (civil
wrongs e.g. negligence at work) cases which are worth more
than £50,000.Usually a case is tried by a single judge but
there is a right to jury trial for fraud, defamation, malicious
prosecution and false imprisonment cases.
Chancery Division deals with cases involving insolvency,
for both businesses and individuals, and the enforcement of
mortgages, disputes relating to trust property and copyright
matters. Cases are heard by a single judge and juries are
never used in this division.
Family Division hears cases involved with wardship and any matter relating to children. It
also deals with such things as nullity of marriage. Cases are heard by a single judge and
juries are never used in this Division.
Information cue card 3 (Tracks)
Small claims track cases that involve an amount under £5 000 will be allocated to the
small claims track. The case will be heard by a district judge in an open court. The judge will
play a very active part in the case and will ask very inquisitive questions. It is an informal
environment with the use of lawyers not recommended because the winning party cannot
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Enforcing the judgement can also be a problem as it is the claimants'
responsibility to collect payment.
Fast Track Cases Cases involving amounts of £5 000 to £15 000 will be allocated to the
fast track. Cases are heard within 30 weeks and there can be a limit set on the amount of
fees that lawyers are allowed to charge. The usual procedure is that one expert witness is
allowed and that expert will give written evidence.…read more