Make a court claim for money

After you make your claim

The person or business who owes you money (the ‘defendant’) must respond to your claim. You’ll be sent a letter or email telling you the date they need to respond by.

What to do if you get paid

Tell the defendant when you’ve received their payment.

How you do this depends on how you made the claim.

You claimed online

If your reference number includes ‘MC’, email Money Claims with the date you were paid and your reference number.

Money Claims service
moneyclaims@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk

Otherwise, update your claim in the Money Claim Online service.

You used a paper claim form

Contact the court where you sent your claim.

If you don’t get a response

You can ask the court to order the defendant to pay if they don’t respond to your claim.

You need to:

If you disagree with the response

You might have to go to a court hearing if:

  • the defendant says they don’t owe you any money
  • they disagree with the amount you’ve claimed
  • you don’t agree with how they’ve offered to repay you

The court may send you a questionnaire asking for more information on the case.

If your claim is under £10,000, you’ll be asked if you’d like to use the court’s small claims mediation service to reach an agreement with the defendant.

Fill in the questionnaire and return it to the court. You’ll have to pay an extra court fee.

The judge might not award you costs if they think you’ve made no effort to agree out of court.