Farewell to the county court; introducing the Single County Court

By Alex Loxton

From 22 April 2014, individual county courts will no longer exist — all will be replaced by the Single County Court.

As a result of the changes, individual court buildings will become hearing centres. The back offices will be administrative centres. So instead of having 173 distinct county courts across the country, there will now be one national County Court that has 173 County Court hearing centres. Orders, for example, will no longer be headed ‘In the Birmingham County Court’ but will instead state ‘In the County Court in Birmingham’.

As a result of this, court rules will be amended to remove reference to certain claims having to be issued in what has been known as the defendant’s home court and to make reference now to the Single County Court. You won’t need to check jurisdiction anymore as to where to issue…

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