If you have received a claim document called a Writ of Summons (Writ), it means that a party (the plaintiff) has started a civil claim against you (the defendant).
A Writ is a formal document addressed to you, requiring you to attend court if you wish to dispute the plaintiff's claims.
You should also read the Writ to find out:
This section describes the civil process for the following cases:
Refer to the following to find out about the civil process begun by a Writ.
Respond to a Writ
Understand the possible ways you can respond to a Writ.
Prepare the case for trial
The most common step after the close of pleadings is the discovery and inspection of documents. At discovery, parties are expected to disclose to each other documentary evidence.
The court may direct parties to attend a pre-trial conference relating to the matters arising in the action or proceedings.
File an interlocutory application, if needed
In further preparation of a case for trial, either party may also file interlocutory applications with the court. This is done by filing a summons, which should usually be supported by an affidavit.
Attend court for post-trial matters
The court will decide the amount of costs such as fees, charges, disbursements, expenses and remuneration payable between parties after court proceedings conclude.