Acknowledgment of service

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Acknowledgment of service
  • What is an acknowledgment of service?
  • Is it mandatory to file an acknowledgment of service?
  • Failure to file an acknowledgment of service
  • Timing for filing an acknowledgment of service—in England and Wales
  • Service in England and Wales—Part 7 (commercial courts)
  • Service in England and Wales—Part 7 (other courts)
  • Service in England and Wales—Part 8
  • Timing for filing an acknowledgment of service—outside England and Wales
  • Late filing of the acknowledgment of service
  • More...

Acknowledgment of service

This Practice Note what an acknowledgment of service is and when it is required together with the consequences that arise from failing to file an acknowledgment of service. It identifies the correct form to use, what information must be included and who must to sign the acknowledgment of service. The different time limits for acknowledgment are explained as this is dependent on which court you are in or whether it is a Part 7 or Part 8 claim form.

Depending on the court the matter is proceeding in, the court guide may set out specific requirements that will need to be complied with. For guidance, see: Court specific guidance below.

What is an acknowledgment of service?

The acknowledgment of service is a court form which is completed by the defendant and then filed with the court to acknowledge the claim being brought against them.

The acknowledgment of service form is provided to the defendant by the claimant at the same time the defendant is served with the particulars of claim and it is included within a pack of documents known as the ‘response pack’. For information on the other documents in the response pack, see Practice Note: Documents to be served on the defendant.

It is important to be aware that CPR 10 sets out various rules relating to the acknowledgment of service form when dealing with

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