Northern Ireland small claims court limit increased to £5k

Northern Ireland small claims court limit increased to £5k

Naomi Long

The maximum value of claims which can be heard in Northern Ireland’s small claims court has been increased from £3,000 to £5,000.

The increase was brought forward following consideration of responses to a public consultation on increasing the general civil jurisdiction of the county court.

Legal provision for the increase was made by in the County Courts (Financial Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 2022 earlier this year, and came into operation yesterday.

Justice minister Naomi Long said: “I am delighted that the maximum value of claims to the small claims court today increases from £3,000 to £5,000.

“I want the system for making civil claims to be as efficient as possible by ensuring that cases are heard in the right court setting, consistent with their complexity and relative value.

“The small claims court is designed to bring speedy resolution for citizens in lower value cases. Increasing the maximum financial value of claims which that court can hear helps to ensure a more accessible justice system, supporting litigants who may not otherwise wish to pursue a claim in the county court.”

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