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Courts: Small Claims

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what (a) primary and (b) delegated legislation regulates small claims courts; what changes have been made to each since their enactment; what further amendments are planned; and if she will make a statement. (141457)

The Civil Procedure Act 1997 and the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) regulate the small claims procedure, specifically Part 26 of the CPR which deals with the allocation to the small claims track and Part 27 which sets out the procedures. Other parts of the CPR may apply to small claims cases in certain circumstances. The CPR also regulates other types of civil court proceedings. There have been a number of changes made to the CPR since their introduction in April 1999 which can be viewed on

There are no current plans to make changes to the rules in relation to small claims.