Court process and case management

There is a process that needs to be followed when issuing and responding to proceedings. The process is set out in the Civil Procedure Rules. It is important to follow the relevant process and always stay within the timescales.

The diagram below shows the overall process from the time a claim is issued and served until conclusion of the case. Click on the various steps to go to the relevant page.

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If you have received a claim, you need to acknowledge it within 14 days to avoid default judgment.
See responding to a claim.
If you are defending a claim, it is very important to make sure you submit your defence before the deadline, otherwise the claimant can request default judgment.
You have a maximum of 33 days from date printed on claim to file a defence.
Calculate your date.
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