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N502 Acknowledgement of Service Part 8 Claims

Court claims are run to strict timescales and a failure to submit documents before the deadline imposed by the court or by the Civil Procedure Rules can have severe consequences.  When a Claim is served on a defendant, he has 14 days to file a defence, starting from the date of service of the claim form (or particulars of claim, if these were not included on the claim form). If the Defendant fails to file a defence, the Claimant will be entitled to ask the Court for a Judgment in Default.

In many cases the Defendant will not be able to investigate the claim, decide his course of action and file the defence within 14 days. By filing an Acknowledgement of Service with the Court, the Defendant is able to extend the time within which a defence must be filed from 14 days after service of the claim to 28 days.

This version of the Acknowledgement of Service is specifically for use in claims which are brought under Part 8 of the CPR.

This form can be downloaded directly from the government website here.