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If a case has been allocated to the fast track, is the court bound to award no more than £25,000, or can the trial judge award a greater amount?

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If a case has been allocated to the fast track, is the court bound to award no more than £25,000, or can the trial judge award a greater amount?

CPR 26.6 states that the fast track is the ‘normal’ track for claims valued between £10,000 and £25,000. However, while the value of a claim is one of the factors to be taken into account when a court allocates a claim (whether it be to the small claims track, fast track or multi-track), it is not the only factor. The court will have regard to all the factors listed at CPR 26.8(1) when deciding whether to allocate a case to the ‘normal’ track. The fact that the court should consider those factors before determining the appropriate track means that it should likewise be entitled to conclude that a case is suitable for the fast track even if the value exceeds £25,000. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Allocation of claims to a track, in particular

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What does Fast track mean?

Generally, the appropriate track for claims for which the small claims track is not appropriate and which have a financial value of not more than £25,000.

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