In this modern day and age it is ever more likely that you may become involved in any number of issues or disputes in which you will by law, be entitled to pursue a claim through the County Court. An example of this would be if you had a dispute with your employer or had some kind of personal injury claim. There are three main types of small claims in England and Wales, they are known as tracks. The County Court will make the relevant decision in which claim track should be used in your case. In Northern Ireland there is only one track for small claims which is for 2,000 or less. The three tracks England and Wales are as follows:
Small claims track - 5,000 or less
Fast track - from 5,000-15,000
Multi-track - from 15,000-50,000
Each individual case will be assigned to one of the relevant tracks, all depending on the complexity of the dispute and the payment amount being pursued. The small claim track is the most common in small claims cases and is a much cheaper and simpler way to take legal action. For example, personal injury claims under 1,000, will be taken down a small claims track. If the judge believes that a case is too complicated then the case could be referred to one of the other tracks, even if the claim is below the threshold of another track. In some cases the party which looses the case may be forced to pay the legal fees of the other party.
It is vital that you ensure you get the proper advice when seeking a claim. There are many solicitors with expert knowledge that would help you understand and get the most out of the law. You shouldn't need to worry about the cost as most offer a no win no fee solution and if your case is successful, and depending on the type of case the defendant may be liable to pay your court fees on top of what they owe you.