Council Regulation 861/2007 of 11 July 2007 establishing a European Small Claims Procedure seeks to improve and simplify procedures in civil and commercial matters where the value of a claim does not exceed 5000 €.
The Regulation applies between all Member States of the European Union with the exception of Denmark.
The Small claims procedure operates on the basis of standard forms. It is a written procedure unless an oral hearing is considered necessary by the court.
The Regulation also establishes time limits for the parties and for the court in order to speed up litigation.
The four standard forms as specified in the Regulation are available below. They are currently in an editable PDF format (you can fill them in on your computer and print out):
The online (dynamic) forms will be available soon.
Please note that the guide does not reflect changes that apply as from 14 July 2017. It still provides useful information and clarifications, but when reading this you should refer to the amendment of the Regulation (EC) 861/2007 establishing a European Small Claims Procedure
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Last update: 14/07/2017