What is the Small Claims Court?
The Small Claims Court is not a separate court at all but merely a simplified procedure used in the County Court to resolve claims of up to £10,000.
The simplified procedure was designed to enable individuals and businesses to make their own claims in respect of simple, low value matters without the need to instruct lawyers. Consequently, legal costs are generally not recoverable by the winning party in the Small Claims Court even if lawyers are instructed.
A judgment obtained in the Small Claims Court is no less valid than one obtained via the Court’s other two main procedures, the ‘fast-track’ (for claims of £10,000 - £25,000) and ‘multi-track’ (for higher value claims).
Occasionally, where a small claims matter is particularly complex or has additional implications beyond the financial claim itself, it may still be advisable to consult a solicitor for advice.