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Problems pending in the County Courts from now until August

Norwich CourtNow is probably not a good time to bring a claim for possession through the courts.

Bog standard claims will probably go through all right but I predict dire delays for cases where non standard hearings are required.

Strike action

My inbox has brought me two news items which will fill all those who use the courts with a deep foreboding.

The first of these is news that the Courts will be conducting a walk out on Thursday in protest over cuts to their pensions.  They will then work to rule from then on until August, refusing all overtime.

Or so they say.  Individual court workers strapped for cash may succumb.  But it does not look good.

Last year the courts relied heavily on workers doing overtime to get the extra work caused by the riots done.  And apparently 1,200 posts have been cut by HM Courts and Tribunals Service this year.  Delays look inevitable.

Priority, we are told, is to be given to urgent business if the strike goes ahead.  We all know what that means.  Repossession claims will be pushed to the back of the queue.

Olympic cuts

The other piece of news will be particularly grim news for London court goers, already suffering the longest delays.

Apparently the courts are going to scale back their work considerably during the Olympics (which looks set to be a really fun time for anyone who just wants to get on with their work).

Although this is largely due to fears that jurors and witnesses will be unable to reach the courts due to the massive traffic expected at that time, we are told that other work will also be scaled back.

Heigh ho!

My advice?  Make sure your paperwork is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT so there is no reason for the Judge to push your claim to the back of the queue.

Legal aid cuts – bad news for landlords

County Court

Landlords need the courts for recovering possession from bad tenants. So anything which is likely to increase delays is bad for landlordsContinue Reading

Solving disputes in the county courts – Pt 2

Last week I started looking at the Ministry of Justice report on the procedures in and use of the County Courts.  However it is quite a long report so I decided to split my post into two parts.  This is the second part, but you might want to read the other part here first. EnforcementContinue Reading

Court fees to rise on 4 April 2011

Just a short note to say that the Court fees are set to rise in April. For example The fee for issuing proceedings for possession will rise from £150 to £175, unless the online procedure is used, when it will remain at £100 A standard application where no other fee is prescribed goes up fromContinue Reading

Court closures and their effect on repossessions

The Royal Courts of Justice

County Court closures. As you will probably know, one of the cost cutting exercises carried out by our government is the closure of many of the smaller courts around the country.  I reported on this here. The effect of this will probably be to slow down an already creaking system.  I reported here on theContinue Reading

Problems with the Courts


Have you been having problems with the courts recently? I thought a post on this would be a good idea as I have had a couple instances recently where the courts have been plain wrong in the information they have given. Often non lawyers think that if someone from the court tells them something itContinue Reading

Court closures opposed by Residential Landlords Association

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RLA County Court closure campaign A campaign has been launched by the Residential Landlords Association, regarding the threatened closure of a large number of courts. The Ministry of Justice claims that many of the courts are underused, have out of date resources, (including inadequate facilities for disabled people) and that it would be more efficientContinue Reading

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