What to do if you have received a summons
Why have I received a summons?
A summons has been sent as you have either:
Not paid the instalments shown on your bill after a reminder has been issued
Not paid the balance in full after a final notice has been issued
What is a summons?
A summons is a court document telling you the date, time and the location of the hearing where the magistrates will consider whether they should issue a liability order against you.
It will also tell you the total amount of Council Tax that you owe, the period of time it refers to, and the costs you will have to pay.
What is a liability order?
A liability order is a demand for you to pay the full amount you owe, plus costs of £100
It gives us greater powers to collect the money you owe using a range of actions which include:
To stop this court action you must pay the full amount including the summons costs by the date of the hearing. If you are unable to pay in full, please complete this form to offer an alternative payment arrangement, which will include summons and Liability Order costs.
Do I need to go to the court hearing?
You don't need to go to the court hearing unless you have a legal defence against the issue of a liability order. The magistrates will hear the case whether you attend or not. We are able to deal with any other concerns or queries you may have with you directly.
If you are thinking about going to court, please contact us first to see if we can help you.
Common defences against a liability order being granted: