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By Jeremy Farley

A accomplished assessment of crucial elements of the legislation, meant for the layperson. Now revised and up to date to incorporate the hot criminal prone invoice.

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Alternative sources of compensation Because the law imposes limitations on the time taken to claim and also because there is cost and expense involved in taking a case to court, many people wisely take out insurance. To take care of ourselves, we take out life policies, personal accident insurance, health policies, household and all risk policies and so on. To take care of other people we take out liability insurance. This means in case of accidents, there is a form of insurance that can compensate.

When the court has decided to allocate the case to the small claims track, the claimant and defendant will be sent a notice of allocation. This form will tell the parties what they have to do to prepare for the hearing. These instructions are called ‘directions’. One example of directions may be that parties are told that they should send all copies of relevant documents to court, documents that they intend to use in court in the case against the other party. These are sent at least 14 days before the case begins.

The case is decided by a bench of magistrates. In most cases there are three magistrates who are lay (unqualified) persons but are from the local community. However, there are now an increasing number of ‘stipendiary’ magistrates, paid magistrates who are qualified lawyers. Those defendants in criminal cases who are dissatisfied with verdicts may be able to appeal, as follows: • from the Magistrates courts there is an appeal to the Crown Court on matters of fact or law. • From the Crown Court, it might be possible to appeal to the Criminal Division of the court of Appeal on matters of fact or law.

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