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In 2020, approximately, 1.4 million civil claims and petitions were brought to the county courts of England and Wales. Typically only about 3-4% of these required a county court hearing.

In the vast majority of cases, either the defendant does nothing so the claimant can ask the court to order the defendant to pay the amount claimed, or the disputes are settled without a court hearing being needed.

  • In September 2020, the government produced statistics detailing how long typical county court cases lasted, based on research carried out between April and June.
  • for small claims of less than £10,000.00, the average length of time it took between a case being submitted and the final court hearing and judgment was 30 weeks.
  • for claims of over £10,000.00, the average length of time it took between a case being submitted and the final court hearing and judgment was 59 weeks.

Since 2014, the county courts have generally got busier and people are issuing more county court claims than ever before. This is whilst the number of county courts decreased due to the government’s decision in 2015 to close many county courts.

It is likely that the above numbers will only increase and it will take longer to have your case heard at trial, if you are unable to resolve it with your opponent.


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