As with any kind of legal endeavour, entering into a County Court procedure will involve filling out a lot of County Court forms.
While it is true that different legal proceedings call for different types of County Court forms, there are some types of cases and accompanying documentation that occur more frequently than others.
The problem with County Court forms is that, like most other legal documentation, they need to be filled out in a precise way that leaves no room for troublesome ambiguity. If an individual is unsure about what forms they need, what they need to contain or indeed why they need tem, it is advisable that they seek legal advice form a solicitor or other professional.
Below is a quick run through of some of the most commonly recurring County Court Forms.
N1 claim form
The N1 claim form is perhaps one of the most important County Court forms in that it is the one that is used by a potential claimant to initiate a County Court proceeding. The N1 claim form differs in content for the claimant, who must complete the N1A form, and for the defendant, who must complete the N1C County Court form.
‘Money claim’ form
If an outstanding debt is the reason why one person is taking another to the County Court, the forms that are needed are different. The ‘money claim’ form can be downloaded from the Money Claim Online government website and is similar in content to the N1 claim form.
Form N9 – Acknowledgement of service/Response Pack
This County Court form relates to the defendants decision with regards to being served the N1 claim form. The response pack will be contained with the N1 form and the defendant will have to complete specific County Court forms depending upon their response.
If the claim is for a fixed amount of money the pack will contain:
- N9 (acknowledgement of service) – this form extends the time the defendant has to respond to the claim
- N9A (admission) – this form means the defendant accepts their need to pay
- N9B (defence) – This County Court form means the defendant disputes the claim
If the claim does not have a fixed monetary sum in mind, the defendant will find:
- N9C (admission)
- N9D (defence)
N149/N150 – Allocation Questionnaire
This County Court form is used by the court to decide what ‘track’ the claim shall be placed upon.
Request for Judgement and Admission
This document is either used by the defendant to specify how they will pay the claimant the money they are owed (N225) or by the court to specify a payment amount for the defendant (N227)
Application for order that debtor attend court for questioning (N316)
This County Court form allows the claimant to request that they are allowed to question the debtor of the claim.
Warrant of Execution (N323)
This form allows the County Court bailiffs to begin obtaining money and seizing property from the defendant.
Request for Attachment of Earnings Order (N337)
This County Court form allows the defendants employer to legally subtract money from their wages.
Application for third party debt order (N349)
This form bestows the legal right for a third party to collect debt on behalf of the claimant.
These are only some of the multitude of County Court forms that can be issued to a person, and processes such as divorce have their own specific sequence of documents that will need to be completed. Seeking the legal advice of a solicitor is a useful way of ensuring that County Court forms are completed properly.