If you receive no response or the claimant continues to refuse to supply documents, or if they say they will supply documents but it make take longer than the time you have to file a defence but refuse to confirm their agreement to an extension of time under the CPR, then you need to apply to the court for an order making them comply with your request. You must do this before the deadline for entering your defence.
An application for a directions order currently costs an application fee of £255.
You will need form N244. This can be downloaded N244 (opens in new window)
If you are on a low income or certain means- tested benefits you may be eligible for fee remission. In which case you can complete the EX160 form. There are instructions on how to do this here.
Completing the N244 Application
The form is mostly self explanatory but this is an example of the completed form for reference.
This is suggested text for section 3.
You then need to attach a ‘Draft Order for Directions’ and a ‘Witness Statement’ to this application, these should be printed on separate sheets of paper.
The sections in green will need amending and further information regarding contact with the Claimants adding. If you mention a letter or document you should name it as an ]EXHIBIT ]attach it to this Witness Statement.
This is JUST AN EXAMPLE and you should adjust to suit your own case and circumstances. If in any doubt please post on the forum.
The whole thing will need reading, CHECKING and ensuring it is the TRUTH………. DO NOT JUST COPY BLINDLY AND SEND TO COURT – THIS IS AN EXAMPLE NOT A TEMPLATE
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We provide a list of guides and examples of letters and documents that may help you.
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