I attended the court hearing last Friday, and before I saw the Judge the defendant's solicitor and barrister approached me. As I had sent them & the court a copy of the Tenancy Agreement & estate agent's tenancy deposit scheme certificate, they decide to change their position.
The barrister handed me a one page document which I will copy directly:
1. The first defendant's application dated 23 March 2015 be adjourned generally with liberty to restore if so advised, costs reserved.
2. The claim be allocated to the small claims track
3. the claim be transferred to the County court at Ipswich (defendant's home court)
4. The claimant do make the original copy of the document he alleges to be a tenancy agreement dated 6 September 2008 and documents relating to the alleged deposit payment available to the first defendant for inspection by 4pm 15 May at (solicitor's address)
5. The claim be listed for a final hearing on the first open date after 23 June 2015 with a time estimate of 2 hours
6. All parties should file at court and serve on the other parties any further witness statements and documentary evidence on which they seek to rely at trial not less than 14 days before the final hearing
We then went into the hearing. I expected to give a 5 minute pitch outlining the main points, but the Judge spent the majority of the time going through the draft with the defendant's barrister. There were a few details changed which I have already included.
The barrister conceded to me prior to the hearing that it looked like a judge would not throw out this claim as the defendant's name was clearly marked on the Tenancy agreement.
The 7 day period to get documents to the court & the other side was not mentioned
What are your thoughts from reading the draft?