I’ve now discovered the biggest deterrent to using the civil courts to sue for money owed to you: attempting to pay the trial fee so you can actually defend your case.
I’m currently in dispute with a recruitment agency about a fee that I feel I should be refunded – the candidate didn’t make it past three weeks.
They disagree, and so we’ve left it to the court to decide.
The whole thing’s been going on a while, but this week I finally got the trial date confirmation.
Along with the confirmation, I received the fee request, as well as being advised that there will be NO reminders.
If I don’t show up, I automatically LOSE and I have to pay the defendant’s costs too. This got my attention.
So, feeling that there was no time like the present, I decided to pay the trial fee immediately.