Claim form—filing and issuing
Published by a LexisNexis Dispute Resolution expert
Last updated on 28/07/2020

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

  • Claim form—filing and issuing
  • Filing the claim form
  • What to file with the claim form
  • Filing in person
  • County Court—filing
  • Electronic working and filing
  • Shorter and flexible trials schemes
  • Bringing a claim against a financially distressed and/or insolvent party
  • Business and Property Courts—the disclosure pilot scheme

Claim form—filing and issuing

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The guidance detailing normal practice set out in this Practice Note may be affected by measures concerning process and procedure in the civil courts that have been introduced as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In particular, for information on filing documents at court, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution—Filing documents at court and for court specific guidance, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) civil court specific guidance—dispute resolution.

Filing the claim form

The claim form, once completed, will need to be filed with the court you have decided to issue proceedings in together with a request that the court issues the claim form. The court will then normally issue the claim form on the day it is received. Proceedings are started when the court issues a claim form at the request of a claimant (CPR 7.2). CPR 2.6(1) provides that when issuing the claim form the court must seal it. ‘Seal’ is defined in the CPR glossary as being ‘a mark which the court puts on a document to indicate that the document has been issued by the court’. The seal is added to the claim form either by hand or by printing a facsimile of the seal on the document, whether electronically or otherwise (CPR 2.6(2)). Documents purporting to bear the court's seal are admissible in evidence

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What does Claim form mean?

The statement of case in which the claimant sets out a concise statement of the nature of the claim.

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