As some of you will no doubt already be aware, all “designated money claims” (being claims issued in the County Court for specified or unspecified sums of money only, and where no specialist procedures are applicable) will need to be issued centrally from 19 March 2012.
From that date, all Part 7 claim forms in designated money claims will need to be sent to County Court Money Claims Centre, PO Box 527 M5 0BY, for issuing in the Northampton County Court, for which the National Civil Business Centre operates as the administrative office. Those familiar with the issue of Money Claims OnLine will already be aware of the procedure.
Claimants can specify a preferred Court when issuing the claim, and cases will continue to be automatically allocated to the home Courts of Defendants who are individuals/unrepresented. There will also remain the possibility of allocation to a different Court at Allocation Questionnaire stage.
Please see the Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2011 (SI 2011/3103) for more details.