Interactive decision tree
Please use our interactive tool to understand more about the criminal and civil justice systems and how the two systems can interact. It outlines the main steps, and has been specifically created with the individuals and smaller business victim in mind.
Please carefully read about the main differences between the criminal and civil justice systems before using the decision tree.
If the defendant does respond to the claim and files an acknowledgement of service or a defence, then the claimant can apply for summary judgment. Summary judgment is available when:
- the defendant has no real prospect of success; and
- there is no other compelling reason why the case should go to trial.
If successful then it is possible to obtain judgment for the amount claimed, as well as interest and costs.