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At first instance a claim will be heard in...
Either the county court or high court.
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The claim will be place on one of the 3 tracks depending on...
Its value and complexity.
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Which claims are placed on the small claims track and where are they heard?
They are heard in the county court by a district judge in their office. Claims on this track will be up to £5000, £1000 if personal injury.
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Which claims are placed on the fast track and where are they heard?
The fast track deals with claims between £5000 and £25000. They are heard in the county court by a circuit judge.
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Describe the multi track
If the claim is £25000 - £50000 it will be heard in the county court. If the claim is over £50000 or complex it will be heard in the Queens Bench Division of the High Court by a High Court judge.
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From the county court where can the claimant appeal to?
County Court - District Judge, to a Circuit Judge, to the High Court. Further appeal could be made to the Court of Appeal could be made with permission and a good chance of success.
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From the high court where can the claimant appeal to?
High Court to the Court of Appeal and then a further appeal could be made to the Supreme Court with permission and it must be of general public importance.
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Give 6 advantages of the using the civil courts (not detailed)
Judges are experienced lawyers, A decision is always made, Legal funding can be available, There are a variety of remedies, There are opportunities to appeal, It encourages ADR.
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Give 6 disadvantages of using the civil courts (not detailed)
Costly, There are often delays, It is aggressive/adversarial, decisions are imposed, negative publicity, lack of specialist expertise.
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The claim will be place on one of the 3 tracks depending on...

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Its value and complexity.

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Which claims are placed on the fast track and where are they heard?

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Describe the multi track

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