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Small Claims Court

Volume 894: debated on Thursday 26 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce legislation establishing a small claims court similar to that which exists in England and Wales by means of which a complainant can speedily, cheaply and personally pursue a claim for compensation for a limited amount; and if he will make a statement.

In England and Wales the system for dealing with small claims of the consumer type has been provided by modifying and simplifying county court procedures. I am currently considering whether such a service can best be provided in Northern Ireland by similar or by alternative means.