What are the criteria for making a claim at a small claims court ? What is the time limit ?
You can use the small claims process for most contractual consumer problems, ranging from unfairly issued parking tickets to retailers who refuse to take responsibility for their faulty goods. There is a claim value limit that varies dependant on where you are in the UK. The total you can claim in England and Wales is £10,000, in Scotland, it's £5,000 and in Northern Ireland, it's £3,000. There are a couple of key exceptions to this. You can't claim up to this amount for housing disrepair or personal injury, the limit for these is £1,000. But even if your claim is within the claims limit, a judge may decide that a case cannot be heard as a small claim if the case is believed to be too complex. To pursue claims outside the small claims track is likely to involve a more complicated process, can be more costly and can take longer. And, you'll also normally need a solicitor to prepare your case.
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