How do I fill in an Acknowledgment of Service?

What is an Acknowledgment of Service and when is it used?

An Acknowledgment of Service is a Court document. When Court proceedings are served on a Defendant the Defendant can respond to the proceedings in several ways. Where the Defendant intends to defend the proceedings but requires additional time to serve a Defence he should file with the Court an Acknowledgment of Service.

The Defendant should have received a Response Pack when the proceedings were served upon him. An Acknowledgment of Service should have been included in the Response Pack.

There are a number of versions of the Acknowledgment of Service form but the one most commonly used is known as form N9. A copy of form N9 can be obtained from the Court or found on the Court Service’s website.

How do I complete form N9?

Preliminary matters

At the top right hand side of the form the name of the Court should be stated. This will normally be the Court in which the proceedings were commenced as stated on the Claim Form.

The Claim Number should also be stated. The Claim Number can be found at the top right hand side of the Claim Form.

The names of the parties should also be stated together with their reference details, where appropriate.

Defendant’s name

If the Defendant’s full name was not stated on the Claim Form or was stated incorrectly, the Defendant should state his full name at the top left hand side of the form followed by the words “described as” and the incorrect name.

Address to which documents should be sent

The rules relating to addresses for service depend upon whether the Defendant is legally represented or not.

Where the Defendant is not legally represented

The Defendant is required to provide an address for service of documents.

If the Defendant is an individual the address for service should be the address at which the Defendant resides. If the Defendant is a company or corporation the address for service should be the address at which the Defendant carries on business.

The address must include a full postcode, unless the Court otherwise orders, and must be within the UK. If the Defendant does not reside or carry on business in the UK and is not legally represented, the Defendant must give another address for service within the UK.

Where the Defendant is legally represented

If the Defendant is legally represented and the legal representative is the one signing the form the address for service should be the legal representative’s business address. That address can be either within the UK or within another EEA state.

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For more information on:

  • Other contact information
  • Responding to the Claim
  • Date of birth
  • Signing the Acknowledgment of Service
  • Companies and other corporations
  • Partnerships
  • Children and Protected Parties