Completing a County Court claim form
The forms you fill in depend on whether you agree you owe the money.
I agree that the amount on the claim form is right
The amount shown is right in most cases. But it may not be possible to pay it in one go.
Ask to pay in affordable instalments by filling in and returning the admission form.
- The title ‘Admission (specified amount)’ at the top
- The form number N9A in the bottom right corner
This form asks for details of your:
- Living costs
- Other debts
- An offer of payment
The people you owe use this to decide if your payment offer is reasonable. The court makes the final decision if they do not agree with your offer.
Send the N9A to the creditor at the address shown on the N1 claim form. Do not send it to the court.
The amount on the claim form is wrong, or I do not owe the money
The people you owe may ask for the wrong amount. Or you may not owe the money at all.
This might be because:
- The debt is not yours
- You have not had contact with them for many years
- The debt is statute barred
- This means a long time has passed
- They cannot start court action now
You can ‘defend’ the claim if you do not agree with the amount claimed.
To do this:
- Return the ‘Defence and counterclaim’ form
- The one marked N9B in the bottom right corner
I agree that I owe something, but the amount does not look right
You can submit a 'partial defence' if you think you owe something but the amount claimed is wrong.
- Complete both the N9A and N9B forms
- Both forms need to be sent to the court
Defending a claim can be complicated. You may need to:
- Provide more information
- Attend a hearing with a District Judge at your local county court hearing centre
There may be extra costs if your defence is rejected.
Only return the N9B if you have a good reason to dispute the amount.
Get debt advice before defending a claim. We can help.