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.
Back to blog

UOL Case Bank

Upon joining, you become a valuable UOL student and gain instant access to over 2,100 case summaries. UOL Case Bank is constantly expanding. Speed up your revision with us now.

Subscribe Now

Where are our students from?

Yale University
Council of Europe
Baker Mckenzie 
University of Chicago
Columbia University
New York University
University of Michigan 
University College London (UCL)
London School of Economics (LSE)
King’s College London (KCL)
University of London
University of Manchester
University of Zurich
University of York
Brandeis University
University of Exeter
University of Sheffield
Boston University
University of Washington
University of Leeds
University of Law
Royal Holloway, University of London 
Birkbeck, University of London
SOAS, University of London
University of Kent
University of Hull
Queen’s University Belfast
Toronto Metropolitan University
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
University of Buckingham
ESSEC Business School

  • Criminal Practice

    Diagrams and Charts

    Our carefully designed diagrams and charts will guide you through complex legal issues.

  • Criminal Law

    Clear and Succinct Definitions

    Key concepts are concisely defined to help you understand legal topics quickly.

  • Property Law

    Statutory Provisions

    Statutory provisions are provided side by side with legal concepts to help you swiftly locate the relevant legislation.

  • Public Law

    Case Summaries

    We have summarised important cases for you so that you don't need to read long and boring cases.

  • Evidence

    Rules and Exceptions

    Rules and exceptions are clearly listed so that you know when a rule applies and when it doesn't.

  • Company Law


    Legal terms and key concepts are explained at the beginning of each chapter to help you learn efficiently.

  • Case Law

    Case law is provided side by side with legal concepts so that you know how legal principles and precedents were established.

  • Law Exam Guide

    Law Essay Guide

    You will learn essential law exam skills and essay writing techniques that are not taught in class.

  • Law Exam Guide

    Problem Question Guide

    We will show you how to answer problem questions step by step to achieve first-class results.

  • Conflict of Laws

    Structured Explanations

    Complex legal concepts are broken down into concise and digestible bullet point explanations.

  • Legal System and Method

    Legal Research

    You will learn legal research techniques with our study guide and become a proficient legal researcher.

  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory


    All essential concepts, principles, and case law are included so that you can answer exam questions quickly.