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Defended cases

The defendant may disagree that they owe you all or part of the money you are claiming and decide to defend your claim.

To do this, the defendant files a Defence form and the court will send you a copy. The Defence will state briefly why the defendant believes they don't owe you some or all of the money in your claim.

It is important to read the Defence carefully so you know why the defendant disagrees with your claim. If there is not enough information in the Defence to make it clear why the defendant doesn't think they owe you the money, you can write to the defendant or their lawyer to ask for more information. This is a 'request for further and better particulars'.

The court will send you a letter with the date for your Pre Trial Review once a Defence is filed. The date of the Pre Trial Review will usually be within 6 weeks.

If you and the defendant can come to an agreement, you may be able to settle your case at the Pre Trial Review. If you can't agree, the court will usually list the case for a hearing. Your case may be listed for another Pre Trial Review if:

  • both parties want further time to try and settle the case
  • one (or both) parties need to amend their documents, or
  • there is a request to supply further and better particulars.
If the case settles, you may not have to attend court again.

Alert Icon  Once you have a copy of the Defence, you should get legal advice about the strength of your case and whether you should consider settling your case.

For more information see:

Pre Trial Review - Step by step guide

Pre Trial Review FAQs

Preparing for the hearing - Step by step guide

Presenting your case at a hearing - Step by step guide

Settling the case

Picture party has lost her case