​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |

Asking for more information 

Sometimes a statement of claim will refer to things you are unsure about. It may:

  • ​​refer to dates, events or conversations that you don't recognise or remember
  • refer to documents that you are not sure if you have seen or received
  • have little or no details about the claim itself.  

Without this information it may be hard for you to decide if you should agree or disagree with the claim.

You can write to the plaintiff to ask them for more information. This is known as 'a request for further and better particulars'.

You should set out your request for further and better particulars as a series of numbered questions. This will make it easier for the plaintiff to respond. The particulars given by the plaintiff will become part of their claim against you. Don't forget to keep a copy of your letter requesting more information. 

Sample: Sample letter asking for further and better particulars after receiving a statement of claim.

If you decide to defend the claim it is important you file a defence within 28 days of receiving the statement of claim. If you don't, the plaintiff may apply for a default judgment against you. 

You can ask the plaintiff for further and better particulars after you file your defence. You may then be able to amend your defence after you get answers to your request for further information. For more information, see Changing your defence.

Handy hintIf the plaintiff applies for a default judgment against you before responding to your request for more information, you can use your letter asking for further and better particulars to support an application to have the judgment set aside.

For more information, see Setting aside default judgment​.