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Coll v Tattum, Chancery Division

14 December 2001
The issues

Late file of Acknowledgement of Service – procedure.

The decision

1. Where no Application to seek Judgment at default had been made the Court and the Claimant “would normally accept the late Acknowledgement of Service or Defence”.

2. The Claimant or the Court however would be entitled to insist on the Defendant seeking an extension of time in the normal way.

3. If Judgment in Default was made after the late Acknowledgement of Service or Defence it might well be dismissed with costs, even though technically justified.

4. Where however the Application for Judgment in Default proceeded the filing of the Acknowledgement of Service or Defence then the matter became one of the Court’s discretion although that discretion would normally be exercised in favour of extending time.

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