Service of the claim form in the jurisdiction—deemed service (CPR 6.14)

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

  • Service of the claim form in the jurisdiction—deemed service (CPR 6.14)
  • What is the deemed date of service?
  • Previous decisions in this area
  • How do I calculate the deemed date of service?
  • Examples
  • Is the deemed date of service included when calculating time?
  • Deemed date of service in the certificate of service
  • Deemed date of service for Money claims online

Service of the claim form in the jurisdiction—deemed service (CPR 6.14)

This Practice Note considers what is meant by the phrase ‘deemed service’ in CPR 6.14 and its purpose when considered alongside the validity period of the claim form as set out in CPR 7.6.

For practitioners using Money Claims online, the provision in CPR 6.14 is not applicable. For information, see: Deemed date of service for Money claims online below.

Note the deemed service provisions for the claim form in CPR 6.14 differ to those applicable for other documents which are set out in CPR 6.26. For guidance, see Practice Notes: Serving the defence—Deemed service (CPR 6.26) and Serving documents—excluding the claim form and defence—Deemed service (CPR 6.26).

What is the deemed date of service?

The deemed date of service is provided for in CPR 6.14. This is a short rule:

‘A claim form served within the United Kingdom in accordance with this Part is deemed to be served on the second business day after completion of the relevant step under rule 7.5(1).’

Despite being a short rule, it has caused considerable difficulties for practitioners due to:

  1. the tension between CPR 6.14 and CPR 7.5(1) which sets out the validity period of the claim form

  2. the differing views of the judiciary as to relationship between CPR 6.14 and CPR 7.5(1)

The authority for the purpose of the rule is the Court

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