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You must complete the Directions Questionnaire in Form N181. You cannot do this in a simple letter.
How much is your claim worth?
Then why do you think that will be a small claims matter?
Okay, still too much for the small claims court.
Anything over £10k is out of the small claims system.
Your claim would be a fast-track claim.
You should complete N181 on the basis of it being a fast-track claim.
You don't need to submit any evidence, such as emails, text etc., yet.
The ONLY purpose of the Form N181 is to help the Court understand how to manage the case to trial.
You do NOT argue your case in the N181.
Once you complete the form, and send it back to the Court, the Court will tell you what you need to do next. It will tell you, for example, that both parties need to list all of the documents (such as emails, text messages etc.) that you have which are relevant to the claim. It will then tell you to exchange evidence by witness statements etc.
So you're not arguing your case yet. It's far too early for that.
Yes, mainly tick box.
Pre-Action protocols are here: http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/protocol
Check to see if there is one that suits your type of case.
Applications - these are ancillary requests you make of the court for orders.
Electronic documents - emails etc., it's asking what type of disclosure directions you might need to address these issues.
To be honest, you're probably just best asking for standard disclosure.
You don't need to worry about the electronic disclosure questions because you're not a multi-track claim.
D4 - Non-electronic disclosure is relevant to you though.
Most people just put "Standard Disclosure" in this box.
Then say you haven't.
Again, it's only so the Court knows what the case is about and what you've tried to agree etc. beforehand. It's really about how long the Court needs to consider things with you when (or if) it calls a hearing to give you directions what to do next.
If you don't intend to make any, and by the sounds of it, you don't, then just say that.
You send it to the other side too. But the most important thing is to make sure you send it to the Court by the deadline in the Notice of Proposed Allocation that came with the DQ.
The DQ is more complex when you get a lawyer - they have to do extra things, but you don't do this as a litigant in person.
You don't have to answer questions, for example, about costs etc.
So yes, it does seem pretty sketchy I appreciate.
And again, you do much more with multi-track cases, but as you said, it seems like yours is fast-track as it's less than £25k.
Form N181 is the Directions Questionnaire (or the "DQ")
It is just the N181.
Because it assumes you know how to do this kind of thing, which of course, most people in your position do not. It's really for lawyers, but if you can still agree a proposed set of directions with the other side, then great, but as a litigant in person I would have thought that is unlikely.
To be honest with you, you're not in small claims, and you're in the "proper" court system/
This means all the strict rules will apply.
It's best for you to get professional representation if you can.
It can be a minefield dealing with this type of thing on your own.
Yes, that's right.
Then let the Court do the rest.
Does this answer your question? Is there anything else you would like me to answer for you?
No, there are less costs as a personal litigant without representation.
It's just that most people don't like using the courts, find it time consuming and complicated. In which case they get lawyers to help them. But you can do this without lawyers if you want to.
Pretty much, yes!
Then there is a trial fee for the final hearing.
You *MIGHT* have a Pre-trial checklist fee too, of £110.
Yes, these are fixed costs.
You can get the details of all the costs the Courts charge here: http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/courtfinder/forms/ex050-eng.pdf
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