The threat of court gives most people a brain freeze - which is exactly the reason why parking companies will threaten court but rarely venture there. In 2017, there were 5.4mn private parking tickets issued but only 8,000 court hearings. So simply put well under 1% of people get a court hearing but 100% of people are threatened with one! If everyone that was threatened with a claim was taken to court, they would have to build over 1000 new courts - and that is not going to happen.
The stages of a claim have been broken down into 6 sections. In total the process can last over 6 months with long period of time in between stages. Keeping up with the court timings is the main issue but not much of a burden.
- A Letter before Claim which is the start of the court process or "pre-action" where certain court protcols apply.
- The Claim form itself which may be the first time that the issue of the parking charge has to be dealt with seriously.
- Directions Questionnaire: Just an admin stage but allows you options on how to deal with it.
- Notice of Allocation: When you get an idea of when the hearing will be and how to prepare for it.
- The Hearing itself: And what to expect.
- The Judgment (CCJ): What to do when you've won - or lost.
You can go through the whole process from beginning to end and see where you are in the process and what is coming next. If it all gets too much, click on the Panic button!