No it hasn't. I now understand more clearly the chain of events today. I attend at 10am as instructed the claimant did not. The case was heard, the judge ordered I pay £830, which I did immediately. The claimants arrived for 12pm as he believes he was instructed, he applied for a stay which was heard by a district judge in my absence at that point and then the four called me to say they had made a mistake by not calling the claimant and so were seeking to reschedule the original hearing.
I agreed that I owe £1000 so Im not necessarily looking for the 8
£830 back at this point, the claimant was asking for £3700 so I was happy with £830 (£1000 less my costs) what I have an issue with is the process. He was able to appeal in my absence because the case was heard in my absence but none of this was my fault. The court was in error because it appears they didn't call him although they called me twice to make sure I was aware of the new time so I struggle to believe they didn't call him. I suspect the claimant caused a scene this morning and they have capitulated. I am not convinced that due process has been followed and what recourse do I have against the court for the inconvenience, costs and huge distress this has and is causing me.
Thanks Alex, could you just explain that in slightly more 'janet and john' terms? Do you mean claim compensation from the court as part of the court complaints process? or are you still referring to the £830?
Yes, that clear. Thank you!