Responding to a claim - Car crashes
If you are personally served with a claim, read the claim carefully. Get legal advice about whether you have a defence to the claim, your chance of success at court, and what costs could be involved.
The claim will have a section where you can complete and lodge a response to the claim using the following options. It will give you a time limit for what you can do to respond to the claim.
If you do not lodge a response to the claim within the specified time, the claimant may ask the court to enter judgment against you without having to go to trial!
Defend the claim
You may defend the claim because you don’t think you are at fault. Get legal advice. Court does not always end the way you want!
Admit to all of the claim
You may agree you owe the full amount of the claim and court costs. You can ask to pay by instalments.
Admit to part of the claim
Agree you owe part of the claim. You can offer to pay what you think is fair to settle the claim in full. The claimant may accept your offer. If they do not, the matter will proceed through court.
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