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Do I Have To Go To Court?

Do I have to go to court?

Not every case will end up at court. In fact, only 3% of cases actually do end up in court. The court is seen as a last resort for when neither side can come to an agreement on any matter related to the case. We will always try to do everything we can to settle a case before it reaches the court.

If your case does eventually reach the court, you are only expected to attend the final hearing.

We have provided other FAQs on how you can prepare for court and what happens at court for your benefit and information.

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is a ‘hearing’?
  2. What happens if I don’t attend my hearing?
  3. How long will my hearing take?
  4. Where will my court case take place?
  5. What are the court fees?
  6. Who pays the court fees

1. What is a ‘hearing’?

A hearing is a session in court where the judge resolves any issues with your claim. Both the claimant and defendant will have the opportunity to present information, evidence and witnesses (if any) to the judge. After hearing both sides of the case, the judge will make a decision. The judge will announce which party has won the case at the final trial.

2. What happens if I don’t attend my hearing?

Every case is different. Sometimes there can be more than one hearing. You are only expected to attend the final hearing.

Failing to attend your hearing at court when your attendance is required can have an impact on your case. The penalty can range from a fine; to reduced compensation; to having your case thrown out completely.

If you have any questions about your hearing, you should contact and discuss this with your solicitor. If you are unable to attend, then notify your solicitor as soon as possible to see if we can reschedule the hearing.

3. How long will my hearing take?

Most hearings will take less than a day. It is also not uncommon for there to be more than one hearing. The length and number of hearings will depend on the complexity of your case.

4. Where will my court case take place?

We will always try to arrange your hearing to take place at the court most local to you.

5. What are the court fees?

The court fees for personal injury claims differ from case to case. In most cases it will be a couple of hundred pounds. For complex cases such as serious injury claims, it can be a few thousand pounds.

6. Who pays the court fees?

Your court fees will initially be paid by your solicitor.


This is a disclaimer to say we do not accept liability for any inaccurate or out-of-date information contained on this website at any given time. Whilst we do make every effort to keep the information accurate and up-to-date, you should only treat this information as a guideline. For more information relevant to your claim, you should speak directly to your solicitor.

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