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Debt Management and Banking Manual

Summary proceedings: Welsh language in summary proceedings

Welsh is an official language in the United Kingdom. The Welsh Language Act 1993provides that Welsh speakers may speak that language in legal proceedings. The Act alsoimposes a duty on public bodies to present statutory forms in Welsh.

In addition the Magistrates’ Court (Welsh Forms) Rules 1986 provide for the use of Welshlanguage forms in summary proceedings. If a debtor requests them at any stage in theproceedings, you should request a Welsh language version of the form by memo from

The Welsh Language Unit
Ty Glas
Cardiff CF4 5TS.

The following forms are available in Welsh

  • SP24W Summons
  • SP26BW Copy minute of Order for service
  • SP35W Distress warrant.

However, even when you use a Welsh version of any form, always complete any certificateof service in English.