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HMRC internal manual

Debt Management and Banking Manual

Summary Proceedings (Sc): Small claims - court hearings: The hearing

Unanswered points raised during the (preliminary) hearing

Where you are unable to answer any points that arise

  • do not try to argue the issue unless you are certain of the facts and have evidence to support your claim
  • explain that you are unable to answer or clarify the matter without further information/investigation and
  • ask the court to grant a continuation so that you may investigate the matter or seek advice.

If the court is unwilling to continue this action you should ask that a date be fixed for a full hearing.