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HMRC internal manual

Debt Management and Banking Manual

Enforcement action: CCP: general: county court forms

Guidance on how to complete the forms you are likely to need is given throughout this manual.

Each form is numbered, for example N1. When you write to the court it is sufficient to refer to the form by its number alone. However, when you write to defendants or their representatives and refer to a form, you must describe it properly (for example, ‘your defence’ or ‘your admission’).


Most county court forms, but not all, can be downloaded from the Form Finder page of the Courts and Tribunal Service’s website.

Where forms can be downloaded you can usually complete them ‘online’ by typing the relevant data into the various ‘fields’. Completing the forms in this way will give a more professional look.

Where forms cannot be downloaded, you should obtain supplies from your local court. On 13 December 1999 courts were told in a letter from their Customer Service Unit that they must supply Citizen’s Advice Bureaux and Law Centres with ‘small’ supplies of forms and leaflets (‘small’ is defined as being up to 100 forms). Debt technical offices are regarded as Law Centres in this context.

If you encounter problems in obtaining forms, discuss the matter with the court manager referring to their Customer Service Unit’s letter.

If a defendant asks you for a Welsh form, refer him or her to their local court.


When you complete county court forms always

  • ensure you complete them accurately and fully
  • make sure you strike out or amend any wording that does not apply, for example any reference to the claimant’s solicitor.