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View Nicholas91's Profile Nicholas91 Flag The Democratic Republic of Kent 08 Jun 22 9.41am Send a Private Message to Nicholas91 Add Nicholas91 as a friend

Originally posted by Jimenez

Yes I tend to agree with that statement, A few years ago me & a friend were working in Winchester & the contractor bumped both our wages, I was quite willing to shrug my shoulders & put it all down to being 'just one of those things' my friend had other ideas & was adamant we should take him to the small claims court & so we did.
We ended up in Southampton County court (I think) & basically it was just like walking into a headmasters study rather than all the wigs & so forth you see on TV.
Needless to say the contractor didn't even bother to turn up so we won are case easily, the only problem was the contractor still wouldn't pay so we took out a garnishee order on him & then he did pay up.

That was very much the impression I was given! Nice use of language/imagery there too

 


Here's to you the famous red and blue.....

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View Dubai Eagle's Profile Dubai Eagle Online Flag 08 Jun 22 10.15am Send a Private Message to Dubai Eagle Add Dubai Eagle as a friend

Mine was during one of the Covid lockdown periods so inevitably there was a backlog at the courts to consider, hence the 9 months from receipt of the final paperwork, I have no idea if the situation at the courts has improved or worsened since then.

Originally posted by AERO

Thanks .Just received those documents. Need to return them by end of month.Presume the Court date is a bit away yet then ?

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 08 Jun 22 10.21am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by Dubai Eagle

Mine was during one of the Covid lockdown periods so inevitably there was a backlog at the courts to consider, hence the 9 months from receipt of the final paperwork, I have no idea if the situation at the courts has improved or worsened since then.

I know this example relates to criminal cases however in February I did jury service on 2 trials. 1 was 4 years old the other 2. They have massive backlogs I am surprised that they haven't tried to clear them with a one off deal e.g. if you agree to plead guilty you will get the minimum sentence.

A large number of the trials never happened at court the defendant changed their plea so we were not required. They could have done that months / years ago.

 


One more point

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View silvertop's Profile silvertop Flag Portishead 10 Jun 22 10.39am Send a Private Message to silvertop Add silvertop as a friend

It is very straightforward. The process is set out in simple terms by the court (who cannot advise you on your case but can on process if you get stuck). You pay an issue fee which you get back if you win; but probably no more costs (so DO NOT instruct lawyers).

The hearing is you sat round a table with the other side and a district judge and you just chat through the case and defence. It is very informal. If the other side are represented, the judge should ensure you are protected and things are explained to you.

The only issue may be the courts. They have halved in numbers and the surviving ones have faced severe cuts on top of that. Forgive them for their glacial pace, losing stuff and you turning up to the hearing that they forgot to tell you was vacated as there was no available judge.

 

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