Forms Under Consumer Rights and Civil Litigation

N1 and N1A - Claim form

You must indicate your preferred County Court Hearing Centre for hearings here (see notes for guidance)

You may be able to issue your claim online which may save time and money. Go to www.moneyclaim.gov.uk to find out more.
For further details of the courts www.gov.uk/find-court-tribunal.
When corresponding with the Court, please address forms or letters to the Manager and always quote the claim number.

N1C - Notes for defendant on replying to the claim form

If this claim form was received with the particulars of claim completed or attached, you must reply within 14 days of the date it was served on you. If the words‘particulars of claim to follow’are written in the particulars of claim box, you should not reply until after you are served with the particulars of claim (which should be no more than 14 days after you received the claim form). If the claim was sent by post, the date of service is taken as the second business day after
posting (see post mark). If the claim form was delivered or left at your address the date of deemed service will be the
second business day (see CPR rule 6.14) after delivery.

N9 - Response pack

If you file an acknowledgment of service but do not file a defence within 28 days of the date of service of the claim form, or particulars of claim if served separately, judgment may be entered against you. If you do not file an application to dispute the jurisdiction of the court within 14 days of the date of filing this acknowledgment of service, it will be assumed that you accept the court’s jurisdiction and judgment may be entered against you.

N9A - Admission (specified amount)

If you file an acknowledgment of service but do not file a defence within 28 days of the date of service of the claim form, or particulars of claim if served separately, judgment may be entered against you. If you do not file an application to dispute the jurisdiction of the court within 14 days of the date of filing this acknowledgment of service, it will be assumed that you accept the court’s jurisdiction and judgment may be entered against you.

Complete If you admit the claim or the amount claimed and/or you want time to pay the admission form. If you admit part of the claim the admission form and the defence form. If you dispute the whole claim or wish to make a claim (a counterclaim) against the claimant the defence form. If you need 28 days (rather than 14) from the date of service to prepare your defence, or wish to contest the court’s jurisdiction the acknowledgment of service. If you do nothing, judgment may be entered against you.

N9B - Defence and Counterclaim (specified amount)

Fill in this form if you wish to dispute all or part of the claim and/or make a claim against the claimant (counterclaim). You have a limited number of days to complete and return this form to the court. Before completing this form, please read the notes for guidance attached to the claim form. Please ensure that all boxes at the top right of this form are completed. You can obtain the correct names and number from the claim form. The court cannot trace your case without this information.

N9C Admission (Unspecified amount and non-money claims)

Before completing this form please read the notes for guidance attached to the claim form. If necessary provide details on a separate sheet, add the claim number and attach it to this form.
Yes No
Part A Response to claim (tick one box only) I admit liability for the whole claim but want the court to decide the amount I should pay / value of the goods
OR
I admit liability for the claim and offer to pay in satisfaction of the claim (Complete part B and sections 1 – 11) Part B How are you going to pay the amount you have admitted? (tick one box only) I offer to pay on (date)
OR
I cannot pay the amount immediately because(state reason) I offer to pay by instalments of £ per (week)(month) starting (date)
AND
If you are not an individual, you should ensure that you provide sufficient details about the assets and liabilities of your firm, company or corporation to support any offer of payment made.

 
 

N9D Defence and Counterclaim (Unspecified amount and non-money claims)

Fill in this form if you wish to dispute all or part of the claim and/or make a claim against the claimant (a counterclaim). You have a limited number of days to complete and return
this form to the court. Before completing this form, please read the notes for guidance attached to the claim form. Please ensure that all the boxes at the top right of this
form are completed. You can obtain the correct names and number from the claim form. The court cannot trace your case without this information.

N215 - Certificate of service

Where a rule, practice direction or court order requires a certificate of service, the certificate must state the details required by the following table –

Method of ServiceDetails to be certified
1. Personal serviceDate and time of personal service.
2. First class post, document exchange or other service which provides for delivery on the next business dayDate of posting, or leaving with, delivering to or collection by the relevant service provider.
3. Delivery of document to or leaving it at a permitted placeDate and time of when the document was delivered to or left at the permitted place.
4. FaxDate and time of completion of the transmission.
5. Other electronic methodDate and time of sending the e-mail or other electronic transmission.
6. Alternative method or place permitted by the courtAs required by the court.

N218 - Notice of service on partner

The (claim form) (particulars of claim) served with this notice (is) (are) served on you. You have to pick either: as a partner of the business, as a person having control or management of the partnership business, or,  as both a partner and as a person having control or management of the partnership business named in the claim form (particulars of claim).

N181 - Notice of service on partner

Under the Civil Procedure Rules parties should make every effort to settle their case before the hearing. This could be by discussion or negotiation (such as a roundtable meeting or settlement conference) or by a more formal process such as mediation. The court will want to know what steps have been taken. Settling the case early can save costs, including court hearing fees.

N263 - Disclosure report

Please decribe in the table below (or in a separate document filed with this report), using the number 1, 2 etc., all documents which exist or may exist and which may be relevant to the issues in the case and in respect of each such document, where and with whom it may be found, and in the case of electronic documents how the same are stored. No. Document description Where it may be found (if an electronic document) how it is stored.

Note: If an Electronic documents questionnaire (Form N264) has been exchanged, it must be filed with this report.

N244 - Application notice

Paying the court fee
A court fee is payable depending on the type of application you are making. For example:
  • To apply for judgment to be set aside
  • To apply to vary a judgment or suspend enforcement
  • To apply for a summons or order for a witness to attend
  • To apply by consent, or without service of the application notice, for a judgment or order.
No fee is payable for an application by consent for an adjournment of a hearing if it is received by the court at least 14 days before the date of the hearing.
 
What if I cannot afford the fee?
If you show that a payment of a court fee would involve undue hardship to you, you may be eligible for a fee remission.

N260 - Statement of Costs (summary assessment)

(1) It is the duty of the parties and their legal representatives to assist the judge in making a summary assessment of costs in any case to which paragraph 9.2 above applies, in accordance with the following subparagraphs.

(2) Each party who intends to claim costs must prepare a written statement of those costs showing separately in the form of a schedule –

(a) the number of hours to be claimed;

(b) the hourly rate to be claimed;

(c) the grade of fee earner;

(d) the amount and nature of any disbursement to be claimed, other than counsel’s fee for appearing at the hearing;

(e) the amount of legal representative’s costs to be claimed for attending or appearing at the hearing;

(f) counsel’s fees; and

(g) any VAT to be claimed on these amounts.

(3) The statement of costs should follow as closely as possible Form N260 and must be signed by the party or the party’s legal representative. Where a party is –

(a) an assisted person;

(b) a LSC funded client;

(c) a person for whom civil legal services (within the meaning of Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012) are provided under arrangements made for the purposes of that Part of that Act; or

(d) represented by a person in the party’s employment,

the statement of costs need not include the certificate appended at the end of Form N260.

(4) The statement of costs must be filed at court and copies of it must be served on any party against whom an order for payment of those costs is intended to be sought as soon as possible and in any event –

(a) for a fast track trial, not less than 2 days before the trial; and

(b) for all other hearings, not less than 24 hours before the time fixed for the hearing.

N242A - Offer to settle

  1. This form may be used to settle the whole or part of, or any issue that arises in, a claim, counterclaim, other additional claim, appeal or cross-appeal. It may also be used to settle detailed costs assessment proceedings.
  2. When used to make a Part 36 offer in respect of an appeal, an appellant seeking to settle their appeal should make a claimant’s offer while a respondent should make a defendant’s offer. [See rule 36.4.]
  3. When used to make a Part 36 offer in respect of a counterclaim or other additional claim or a cross-appeal in certain appeal proceedings: the party bringing the counterclaim, additional claim or cross-appeal can make (a) a claimant’s offer on such counterclaim, additional claim or cross-appeal; or (b) a defendant’s offer on the claim or appeal; and the party bringing the original claim or appeal can make (a) a claimant’s offer on such claim or appeal; or (b) a defendant’s offer on the counterclaim or cross-appeal. In any case the offeror should make plain whether the offer takes into account any adverse claim. For example, when making an offer on a claim, state whether it takes into account the counterclaim. Equally when making an offer on a counterclaim, state whether it takes into account the claim. [See rules 36.2(3), 20.2 & 20.3 in respect of counterclaims and other additional claims. See rules 36.2(3) and 36.4 in respect of cross-appeals.]
  4. When this form is used to make a Part 36 offer in detailed costs assessment proceedings, the receiving party in the assessment should make a claimant’s offer while the paying party should make a defendant’s offer. [See rule 47.20.]
  5. In summary, Part 36 provides that: A party making a defendant’s offer is offering something to settle their opponent’s claim, counterclaim, additional claim, appeal, cross-appeal or costs assessment proceedings and to accept a liability to pay costs. A party making a claimant’s offer is offering to accept something to settle their own claim, counterclaim, additional claim, appeal, cross-appeal or costs assessment proceedings on terms that their opponent pays their costs.
  6. Part 6 of the Civil Procedure Rules makes detailed provision for the service of court documents.

N170 - Listing questionnaire (Pre-trial checklist)

A Confirmation of compliance with directions
1. I confirm that I have complied with those directions already given which require action by me. If you are unable to give confirmation, state which directions you have still to comply with and the date by which this will be done.
2. I believe that additional directions are necessary before the trial takes place. If Yes, you should attach an application and a draft order. Include in your application all directions needed to enable the claim to be tried on the date, or within the trial period, already fixed. These should include any issues relating to experts and their evidence, and any orders needed in respect of directions still requiring action by any other party.
3. Have you agreed the additional directions you are seeking with the other party(ies)? Date(s) fixed for trial or trial period If the claim has settled, or settles before the trial date, you must let the court know immediately.

This form must be completed and returned to the court no later than the date given above. If not, your statement of case may be struck out or some other sanction imposed. Legal representatives only: If no costs management order has been made.You must attach estimates of costs incurred to date, and of your likely overall costs. In substantial cases, these should be provided in compliance with CPR. For multi-track claims only, you must also attach a proposed timetable for the trial itself.

N252 - Notice of commencement of assessment of bill of costs

Your points of dispute must include:

  • details of the items in the bill of costs which are disputed
  • concise details of the nature and grounds of the dispute for each item and, if you seek a reduction in those items, suggest, where practicable, a reduced figure

You must serve your points of dispute by (insert date 21 days from the date of service of this notice) on me at:- (give full name and address for service including any DX number or reference) You must also serve copies of your points of dispute on all other parties to the assessment identified below (you do not need to serve your points of dispute on the court). If I have not received your points of dispute by the above date, I will ask the court to issue a default costs certificate for the full amount of my bill (see above*) plus fixed costs and court fee in the total amount of £. I certify that I have also served the following person(s) with a copy of this notice and my Bill of Costs:- (give details of persons served).

N228 Notice of admission – return of goods (hire-purchase or conditional sale agreement)

You should attend court on the day fixed for the hearing. If you do not attend, an order may be made in your absence.

Complete all the judgment details at D. The court will make an order under sections 133 and 135 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 for the return of the goods, suspended in accordance with the offer. You will not have to attend court on the day fixed for the hearing. The defendant has not made any proposal for payment Complete all the judgment details at D. Say how you want the defendant to pay. You can ask for the judgment to be paid by instalments or in one payment. The court will send the defendant an order to pay. You will also be sent a copy.

N205A Notice of issue (specified amount) and request for judgment

The defendant may either:

  • Pay an amount into court to satisfy your claim. This is called a ‘payment in satisfaction’. The court will notify you of the payment and you will have to decide whether to accept the amount offered.
  • Offer to pay you an amount to satisfy your claim and/or ask for time to pay. The court will send you a copy of the defendant’s reply and you will have to decide what you want to do.
  • Admit liability for your claim but not offer an amount in satisfaction. The court will send you a copy of the defendant’s reply and you will be able to request judgment for amount to be decided by the court and costs.

This form is for a Specific Amount.

 
 

N205B Notice of Issue (Unspecified amount) and Request for Judgment

The defendant may either:

  • Pay an amount into court to satisfy your claim. This is called a ‘payment in satisfaction’. The court will notify you of the payment and you will have to decide whether to accept the amount offered.
  • Offer to pay you an amount to satisfy your claim and/or ask for time to pay. The court will send you a copy of the defendant’s reply and you will have to decide what you want to do.
  • Admit liability for your claim but not offer an amount in satisfaction. The court will send you a copy of the defendant’s reply and you will be able to request judgment for amount to be decided by the court and costs.

This form is for a Unspecific Amount.

N205C Notice of issue (non-money claim)

The defendant may either:

  • Pay an amount into court to satisfy your claim. This is called a ‘payment in satisfaction’. The court will notify you of the payment and you will have to decide whether to accept the amount offered.
  • Offer to pay you an amount to satisfy your claim and/or ask for time to pay. The court will send you a copy of the defendant’s reply and you will have to decide what you want to do.
  • Admit liability for your claim but not offer an amount in satisfaction. The court will send you a copy of the defendant’s reply and you will be able to request judgment for amount to be decided by the court and costs.

This form is for a Non-Money Claim.

N440 Application for Time Order under section 129 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974

For this form you must enter:

  1. Your name and Address
  2. The details of the regulated agreement in respect of which I am asking for a time order.
  3. Your Financial circumstances set out in the schedule to this application.
  4. The names and addresses of the persons to beserved with this application are: (You must include any sureties)
  5. Address for service
  6. Sginature

N117 - General form of undertaking

If you do not comply with your promises to the court you may be held to be in contempt of court and imprisoned or fined, or your assets may be seized. If you do not understand anything in this document you should go to a Solicitor, Legal Advice Centre or a Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

N11 - Defence form

N255 - Default costs certificate

N277 - Request for judgment by default (amount to be decided by the court)

Meaning of ‘default judgment’

12.1  In these Rules, ‘default judgment’ means judgment without trial where a defendant –

(a) has failed to file an acknowledgment of service; or

(b) has failed to file a defence.

(Part 10 contains provisions about filing an acknowledgment of service and Part 15 contains provisions about filing a defence)

N9 - Response pack

If you file an acknowledgment of service but do not file a defence within 28 days of the date of service of the claim form, or particulars of claim if served separately, judgment may be entered against you. If you do not file an application to dispute the jurisdiction of the court within 14 days of the date of filing this acknowledgment of service, it will be assumed that you accept the court’s jurisdiction and judgment may be entered against you. If served outside the jurisdiction see CPR rule 6.35 and 6.37(5).

N9A - Admission (specified amount)

When to fill in this form:

  • You are admitting all of the claim and you are asking for time to pay; or
  • You are admitting part of the claim. (You should also complete form N9B).

How to fill in this form Individual

  • Tick the correct boxes and give as much information as you can. Then sign and date the form. If necessary provide details on a separate sheet add the claim number and attach it to this form.
  • Make your offer of payment in box 11 on the back of this form. If you make no offer the claimant will decide how much and when you should pay. Organisation
  • If you are not an individual, you should ensure you attach a financial statement showing your companies profit, loss, assets and liabilities to support any offer of payment made in box 11. Ensure you tick the correct box and complete sections 1, 9 (if applicable) and 12. If you are a Limited Company, the claimant is under no obligation to accept your offer.
  • You can get help to complete this form at any County Court or Citizen Advice Bureau.

Where to send this form

  • If you admit the claim in full Send the completed form to the claimants address shown on the claim form as one to which documents should be sent.
  • If you admit only part of the claim Send the form to the issuing court at the address given on the claim form, together with the defence form (N9B).

N9B - Defence and Counterclaim (specified amount)

  • Fill in this form if you wish to dispute all or part of the claim and/or make a claim against the claimant (counterclaim).
  • You have a limited number of days to complete and return this form to the court.
  • Before com pleting this form, please read the notes for guidance attached to the claim form.
  • Please ensure that all boxes at the top right of this form are completed. You can obtain the correct names and number from the claim form. The court cannot trace your case without this information.

How to fill in this form

  • Complete sections 1 and 2. Tick the correct boxes and give the other details asked for.
  • Set out your defence in section 3. If necessary continue on a separate piece of paper making sure that the claim number is clearly shown on it. In your defence you must state which allegations in the particulars of claim you deny and your reasons for doing so. If you fail to deny an allegation it may be taken that you admit it.