Certification of service of the claim form (CPR 6.17)
Certification of service of the claim form (CPR 6.17)

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

  • Certification of service of the claim form (CPR 6.17)
  • Court serves the claim form
  • Requirement to serve a certificate of service
  • When to serve a certificate of service
  • Completing a certificate of service
  • Category of address
  • Certification of specified information
  • Failure to serve a certificate of service
  • Errors in the certificate of service

Certification of service of the claim form (CPR 6.17)

This Practice Note provides guidance on the certificate of service of the claim form (Form N215). It looks at why it is required, what information it must contain and when it must be filed (CPR 6.17). The failure to file a certificate is explored with reference to the Court of Appeal decision in Henriksen v Pires. Also considered, is the position where the certificate of service is filed but contains errors. The issue of what happens when the court serves the claim form as also covered.

Court serves the claim form

There is no requirement for the claimant to file a certificate of service where the court has served the claim form. As to who is to serve the claim form, see Practice Note: Service of the claim form—service in the jurisdiction—Who is to serve the claim form? (CPR 6.4).

Where the court serves a claim form, it will send the claimant a notice stating the date on which the claim form was deemed to have been served (CPR 6.17(1)). If the claim form is returned to the court it will advise the claimant of this, see Practice Note: Service of the claim form—service in the jurisdiction—Notice of outcome of postal service by the court (CPR 6.18) and Service of the claim form—service in the jurisdiction—Notice of non service

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