Where to start the claim
Where to start the claim

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

  • Where to start the claim
  • High Court or the County Court?
  • Online Court—when is this available?
  • Defendant's home court—when should you issue here?
  • Part 8 claims
  • Specialist courts and lists
  • Chancery Division
  • Queen's Bench Division
  • Queen's Bench Division—Technology and Construction Court (TCC)
  • Queen's Bench Division—Circuit Commercial Courts
  • more

High Court or the County Court?

Whether to start your claim in the High Court or the County Court is generally a question of the value of the claim. The rules are set out in CPR PD 7A (for CPR 7 claims).

For information on commencing a claim under CPR 8, see below.

Claims which may (and in some cases, generally must) be started in the High Court

Proceedings (whether for damages or a specified sum) may not be issued in the High Court unless the value of the claim is more than £100,000 (£50,000 in the case of a personal injury claim) (CPR PD 7A, paras 2.1–2.2).

Where the financial threshold is met, claims which must generally be issued in the High Court