Defending your case using email.

You can conduct a defence of your case online and by email. Email is useful as the online system restricts the number of lines of a defence to 122. The detail of what to do is listed here

When you email the court in relation to existing proceedings the subject line of your mail must contain (in the following order): -

(a) the case number, if one exists;

(b) the parties' names (abbreviated if necessary);

(c) if applicable, the date and time of any hearing to which the e-mail relates; and

Your message should also contain the name, telephone number and email address of the sender. If you email us we will normally send any reply to you by email. However if you wish HMCTS to serve you by email you must explicitly request this.

Correspondence and documents may be sent as either text or attachments. Where there is a practice form, it must be sent in that form by attachment.

Attachments must be in one of the following formats and the complete email (including any attachment(s)) must not exceed 10Mb

Document file types

  • Rich Text Format files (.rtf)
  • Plain/Formatted Text files (.txt)
  • Hypertext documents files (.htm)
  • Microsoft Word viewer/reader files (.doc) minimum Word '97 format
  • Adobe Acrobat files (.pdf) minimum viewer version 4
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