Damages claims pilot scheme—CPR PD 51ZB

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

  • Damages claims pilot scheme—CPR PD 51ZB
  • What is the pilot scheme and does it apply to me?
  • How can I take part in the pilot scheme?
  • Obtaining a MyHMCTS account
  • Scope of the pilot—CPR PD 51ZB, para 1
  • How is a claim issued and served in the pilot?—CPR PD 51ZB, paras 2, 3 and 4
  • Signing statements of truth—CPR PD 51ZB, para 1.8
  • Acknowledging and responding to a claim—CPR PD 51ZB, paras 5 and 6
  • Applying for judgment where the defendant fails to respond—CPR PD 51ZB, para 6.6
  • Case management—CPR PD 51ZB, paras 7.1 to 7.4
  • More...

Damages claims pilot scheme—CPR PD 51ZB

This Practice Note deals with a pilot scheme to test an online claims process for County Court damages claims where parties are represented by a legal representative who is registered with the service. The claims are managed using an online portal called the Damages Claims Portal (DCP) (CPR PD 51ZB). The pilot scheme runs from 28 May 2021 until 30 April 2024.

The pilot scheme is part of a wider HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) reform initiative, more information on which can be found on Gov.uk—HMCTS reform programme.

What is the pilot scheme and does it apply to me?

CPR PD 51ZB has introduced a pilot scheme to test an online claims process for County Court damages claims that will allow legal professionals to digitally issue a claim, to respond to that claim and provide hearing information. Claims are managed using an online portal called the Damages Claims Portal (DCP) (CPR PD 51ZB, paras 1.1 and 1.2). The scheme will ultimately provide a full end to end service for dealing with damages claims. However, initially, the pilot will enable users to issue proceedings, upload particulars of claim, acknowledge receipt of the claim and claim details, file a defence (and extension of time for defence), reply and provide initial case management and hearing information. Thereafter, the claim will be transferred out of

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