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Defended cases

The defendant may disagree that:

  • the goods are yours
  • they need to return the goods to you
  • they should pay you any money for the goods
  • they have or ever had the goods

and decide to defend your claim by having the case heard in court.

To do this, the defendant files a Defence form and the court will send you a copy. The Defence should state why the defendant believes they don't have to return the goods or pay you any money.  

Alert iconIf the defendant hasn't filed a defence within 28 days of being served with the Statement of Claim you can apply for judgment without going to a hearing. For more information, see Default judgment.

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, 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 six 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 the Statement of Claim or Defence
  • there is a request to supply further and better particulars.

If the case does settle, you may not have to attend court again.

Alert icon​You should get legal advice about the strength of your case and whether you should consider settling your case when you receive the Defence.

For more information see:

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