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County Courts Act 1984

The County Courts Act 1984 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (citation 1984 c. 28); the long title of the Act is “An Act to consolidate certain enactments relating to county courts”. The Act replaced the County Courts Act 1959.

County Courts are a type of inferior Court in the court system of England and Wales. The Act establishes various rules relating to this type of Court.

Section 15 of the Act limits the type of case which can be heard by a County Court, the most important being libel and slander, an action for which may only be taken in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of Justice.

Relevant legislative uses

Whilst the most well-known use of the County Court is for suing for recovery of debts, there are other procedures which go through the County Court system under the provisions of this act:

The County Court would be the court that would deal with marriage related issues, including divorce and dissolving a Civil Partnership.
Claims under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997 would be most likely to be brought in this court.


  • Civil Procedure (The White Book), Thomson Sweet & Maxwell

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