Losing a civil case can be a difficult process, as well as financially detrimental to the losing party. The party who loses the case will usually not only have to pay their own legal costs, but the winning party’s too. The litigation process allows the losing party to question the quantum of costs payable by them and to have the sum reduced in most cases.
This process is known as detailed assessment and has strict procedural rules, and you should always seek legal advice beforehand.
Here at Van Eaton Solicitors in Streatham, we have years of experience in handling civil disputes with an impressive track record of success. If you wish to appeal a civil case judgement, our solicitors can help assess your case to discover whether your claim has merit. We can gather all necessary evidence to help you secure a result you are satisfied with.
The Process of Appealing a Civil Dispute Claim
Before you make the decision to appeal, you should decide whether it is the right decision. Some appeals can be brought straight away, whereas, with others, you may need permission from the court. Rulings made in county court will be appealed to the High Court, and those made in High Court will be sent to the Court of Appeal, where it may progress to the Supreme Court. Permission is required in most cases when it comes to appealing a civil case, but there are instances where exemptions are made.
If the court believes that your case has a real chance of success, then permission may be granted. The appeal notice must be served on any respondents, and ‘skeleton arguments’ are always required in civil appeals. It sets out the appellant’s case, giving them chance to express the merits of the case. A copy of the skeleton argument must be served alongside the appeal notice, and no response is needed from the respondent until permission has been granted.
Sometimes, a hearing is not needed, but in most cases, a date will be set for the appeal hearing. The appeal court can receive fresh evidence, but only if the evidence is credible, was not obtained with reasonable diligence for use at the hearing and may have an influence on the court.
Here at Van Eaton Solicitors, we can help you build your case for appeal. Our will dispute solicitors work hard to gather the necessary evidence to secure your case, and our commercial litigation team have significant experience in handling various cases, implementing effective dispute resolution. To find out more about what our civil litigation solicitors can do for you, please visit our practice areas page here.
Is There a Time Limit in Appealing a Civil Court Judgment?
Once you file your appeal notice, then your appeal has begun. This must be done within 21 days of the decision made by the court. Once the notice has been filed, it must be served to each respondent as soon as possible. This usually occurs within seven days of the notice being filed.
Like most civil cases, there are time limits on when certain events can occur, especially when it comes to submitting evidence. It is important to make yourself aware of all deadlines to ensure that you submit all forms on time to give your case a chance. You can find out more on the Government’s website here.
How We Can Help
Here at Van Eaton Solicitors in Streatham Hill, our civil litigation solicitors can help you prepare for your appeal by providing the best legal advice to help give your case merit.
To find out more, you can book a free consultation with us today. Please give us a call on 0208 769 6739, or you can fill out our online form here.