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Do I have to go to court?

If you accept that you are liable for the charge set out in the summons you do not need to go to court. We will apply for a liability order, which gives us the authority to continue the recovery action if required.


Whether you attend court or not, you will be charged £35 if a liability is granted. This will be added to your council tax balance for the year.

Contacting us

If it is your intention to appear at court to defend the council's application for a liability order you should first contact our Income team direct on 0345 129 4858 to discuss your case, or contact us using the form below.

Your issues may be resolved, saving you, the council, and the court time and money.