Requests for further information
Using Part 18 of the CPR
You may want to ask for information relevant to your account, for example, the date of the last payment made into the account to establish whether the account is statute barred.
For a request to be valid, it must state that it is a request made under Part 18 and it should be concise and confined to matters which are reasonably necessary to enable you to assess your case or prepare a defence.
Practice Direction 18 deals with requests for information and how they should be presented.
Paragraphs 1.5 and 1.6 set out the correct format for the Part 18 request letter.
Paragraph 2 sets out how the other side should respond to your request.
If the other side objects to the request or the time given to respond, they should inform you of their objection promptly and within the time stated for their response.
Paragraph 4 deals with objections.
If the request is not responded to, you are entitled to apply to the court for an order to require them to reply within a certain period of time. See applications.
An example Part 18 request letter can be found below.