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From today, 22 April 2014, the Crime and Courts Act 2014, s 17, establishes a new single, national, County Court and amends the County Court Act 1984.
Some key effects of this change include:
Claims under £100,000 (apart from personal injury matters) must be commenced in the County Court. As such, many practitioners who have had very few, if any, dealings with the County Court up until now, may find they do after 22 April 2014. The High Court and County Courts Jurisdiction Order 1991, SI 1991/724, has been amended.
The equitable jurisdiction of the court under the CCA 1984, s 23, will be increased from £30,000 to £350,000. The County Courts Jurisdiction Order 1981, SI 1981/1123, is revoked from 22 April 2014 and replaced by the County Court Jurisdiction Order 2014, SI 2014/503.
Freezing injunction restrictions in the County Court have been lifted.
For transitional provisions applying to proceedings commenced in a county court before 22 April 2014, see the Civil Procedure (Amendment No 4) Rules 2014, SI 2014/867, reg 25(5).
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