What is the small claims court?
The small claims court is a division of the County Court and is designed for less complex cases and is supposed to be ‘user friendly’ for consumers. You can use the small claims process for most contractual consumer problems, ranging from claiming a refund from a trader (such as a holiday company during the Covid-19 pandemic, or a retailer refusing to take responsibility for their faulty goods) to disputing a parking ticket.
The total you can claim in England and Wales is £10,000, in Scotland it is £5,000 and in Northern Ireland it is £3,000. However, for housing disrepair and personal injury cases, the limit is £1,000.
However, even if your claim is within the claims limit, a judge may decide that a case cannot be heard as a small claim if the case is believed to be too complex.