Service of the claim form—service in the jurisdiction
Service of the claim form—service in the jurisdiction

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

  • Service of the claim form—service in the jurisdiction
  • Coronavirus (Covid-19) considerations
  • Requirement to serve the claim form
  • Defendant’s notice to serve the claim form (CPR 7.7)
  • Does the original claim form need to be served?
  • Service of documents issued under the electronic working pilot scheme
  • When is the claim form valid for service (CPR 7.5)
  • Methods of service—personal, post, service provider, leaving at a specified place or electronic service (CPR 6.3)
  • Personal service (CPR 6.3(1)(a))
  • First class post, document exchange or other next day service (CPR 6.3(1)(b))
  • More...

Service of the claim form—service in the jurisdiction

Coronavirus (Covid-19): The ability to serve a claim form within the requisite time period may be affected by the impact of coronavirus. For guidance, see: Service of the claim form—service in the jurisdiction—Coronavirus (Covid-19) considerations below. For news and other resources to assist general dispute resolution practitioners working in the civil courts to understand and stay ahead of fast-moving changes in the civil courts’ processes and procedures necessitated by the Coronavirus pandemic, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution—overview.

This Practice Note sets out the CPR provisions which apply when serving the claim form on the defendant in England and Wales. In doing so, it considers the rules set out in section II of Part 6. Further guidance on rules set out in this part of CPR 6 are available in Practice Notes:

  1. When is the claim form valid for service? (CPR 7.5)

  2. Service of the claim form—personal service (CPR 6.5)

  3. Service of the claim form by a contractually agreed method (CPR 6.11)

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

  5. Dispensing with service of documents—principles

  6. Certificate of service of the claim form (CPR 6.17)

For guidance on serving a company or partnership under the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006), see Practice Note: Serving documents under the Companies Act 2006.

For information on service of the claim form outside England

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