Track System of Civil Courts

In the UK civil court system, the track system is used to manage cases and determine the appropriate level of judicial resources that should be allocated to them. It is used in both the civil and family courts. The track system categorises cases into three different tracks: the small claims track, the fast track, and the multi-track.

The small claims track is for lower value cases with a value of £10,000 or less. These cases are generally simpler and have a shorter trial time of one day or less. They are typically heard in the county court.

The fast track is for cases with a value between £10,000 and £25,000, which are more complex than small claims cases. These cases usually have a trial time of one to three days and are heard in the county court.

The multi-track is for higher value and more complex cases with a value of over £25,000. These cases require more resources and time to be heard and are typically heard in the High Court or the county court.

Cases are allocated to a track based on their value, complexity, and the amount of time required for the hearing. The track allocation also determines the level of pre-trial procedures that are necessary, such as disclosure of evidence, witness statements, and expert reports.

The aim of the track system is to ensure that cases are heard efficiently and cost-effectively, with the appropriate level of resources allocated to them. It also helps to ensure that court resources are used effectively, with more complex cases receiving more attention and resources from the court.
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