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Why haven’t the court documents been sent by recorded delivery - don’t they have to be to be considered legally served?

If penalties remain unpaid we may issue proceedings in the County Court to recover the debt and these will be conducted in accordance with the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR).

Although special rules apply to some specific documents - for example bankruptcy petitions – most documents are now served by sending them to an employer by ordinary pre-paid post.

Part 6 of the Civil Procedure Rules sets out the modern approach to service of court documents.

Service is considered to be “good” if it complies with certain rules.

For service to be good it must have been sent to the correct address. This will depend on the nature of the employer to be served. The correct address where the employer/party is:

  • an Individual – their usual or last known residence
  • an Individual who runs a business or operates under a trading name - their usual or last known residence OR their (principal or last known) place of business
  • a Limited Company – the registered office of the company OR any place of business which is connected to the claim
  • a Corporation - the registered office of the corporation OR any place where the corporation conducts its activities which has a connection to the claim.

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