A party who does not wish to attend a small claims trial should write to the court, at least 7 days before the final hearing, asking the judge to decide the case based on their documents.
A party, who fails to attend a hearing without giving the notice described above, can apply to set aside the decision made in their absence. The application must be made within 14 days of the decision being served on them. The party should show that:
In some cases a party's failure to attend the final hearing could result in the judge ordering them to pay additional costs to the other side.
Thank you for your answer,I paid £185 to mcol and an additional £335 to local court for my hearing,if other side doesn't turn up will I have to pay additional court fees or will the other side have to pay as I was there and they didn't turn up,sorry for asking so many questions but this is my first time and don't know the procedures,I will save up in case there absence costs me but if it does will it be another £335 ,thank you
As per the above. If they have notified the court that they will not attend and want the court to deal with it based upon their papers that is what will be done.
If they just fail to turn up it is up to the court to decide how it will be dealt with and if any fees/costs are awarded.
"In some cases a party's failure to attend the final hearing could result in the judge ordering them to pay additional costs to the other side".
Thank you for your prompt answers,ignorance breeds anxiety knowledge clarity,sorry if my questions seem dumb only I haven't done this before and don't know what happens in the last little bit,your answers puts my mind at rest thank you all
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