The court's decision - Car crashes

car crash self-help guide logoMany hearings start and finish on the same day and take a few hours. The court will consider the evidence (sometimes called 'proof'), make a decision and give reasons for the decision. The decision is called a judgment.

In some cases, the court may give its decision on a later date.

Assessment of damages

In some cases the court will give judgment but will want to hear more evidence to determine the amount of money to award. The court may hold another hearing to assess the damages.

If you admit liability but dispute the amount of damage claimed this will be the only issue to be decided by the court.


The court may also make orders for costs. Usually, the losing party has to pay the costs of the successful party. Generally, costs will not be payable in a minor case claim.


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