HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter (7 examples)

In this blog post, we present to you 7 examples of HM Courts and Tribunals Service letters and also explain their significance. 

What is the HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter?

The HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter is an element of correspondence between you, the claimant, and the tribunal.

It is a simple form of contact, in which the claimant is usually notified of the outcome of his/her claim.

The purpose of The HM Courts and Tribunals Service is to decide criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter (7 examples)

Below are some examples of HM Courts and Tribunals Service letters, which I hope will be your guide if you have any questions about this service.

Example #1

A letter by which the Tribunal acknowledges the fact that they have received all the necessary documents to establish the date of an appeal.

In this case, an oral hearing, most probably for a PIP or ESA benefits appeal.

It is also acknowledged the presence of a companion, and it is specified that she will not have the right to speak on behalf of the claimant, but will be able to be present there to support the claimant.  

HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter (7 examples)

This type of letter is extremely important because the court must consider the availability of all parties when arranging an oral hearing.

It is also a confirmation for the claimant that the trial is progressing and that he/she does not need to do anything at this time but wait for another HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter, which will confirm the date of the oral hearing.

Click here to learn more about what it a tribunal for appeals.

Example #2

This letter is sent by an employment tribunal, which has been part of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service since April 2011.

This letter is a response to a claimant who requested a copy of his/her case.

A copy of the judgment is important to send to DWP in case of an appeal for PIP or ESA benefits, for example.

If you send a copy to DWP, the refund process can be speeded up.

But there may be other reasons why you would need a copy of the decision, which does not necessarily involve money.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter (7 examples)

The letter also mentions that a check was attached and returned.

This can be about paying a court fee. HM Courts and Tribunals Service fees can also be paid in person, but also online, depending on the case.

Click here to read more about Employment Tribunals.

Example #3

In this letter, we can see more specific information.

It is a letter in which HM Courts and Tribunals Service acknowledges that it has received additional evidence from the claimant regarding his appeal for Employment Support Allowance Reassemsment.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter (7 examples)

Additional evidence is required when requesting a reassessment for ESA benefit.

This evidence can be any medical consultation, a letter from the doctor, nurse or carer, or even from a family member who knows very well what difficulties the claimant goes through in everyday life.

This evidence is very important and may represent a second chance for the claimant to obtain ESA payments.

Click here to read more on the importance of supporting evidence from a family member and how to write a good letter. 

Example #4

This is another HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter regarding the ESA reassessment process.

Only that in this letter the date and time at which the claimant must appear for the oral hearing is already mentioned.

The claimant is also informed that if he does not appear at the specified date and time for the appeal, a decision will be made in his absence.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter (7 examples)

As you can see, it is also mentioned that the claimant can send additional evidence no later than 7 days before the appeal date.

This is the letter that would follow example # 1. 

Example #5

This type of HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter is the one that most claimants have been waiting for for months, it is a letter that informs the claimant what decision was made in connection with their case.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter (7 examples)

Click here to read how successful are PIP appeals and here for how long to wait for back pay if you were successful with your appeal.

Example #6

This HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter is to inform the claimant that her Employment Support Allowance appeal was received by the tribunal.

The claimant is also informed that it may take up to 15 weeks before she receives any news regarding her ESA appeal.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter (7 examples)

This waiting time is quite long and stressful, and not many claimants know that they can claim ESA payments even while they are appealing.

You can request to get ESA payments whilst you wait for the Tribunal’s decision, should you appeal against the DWP.

That is unless you moved to Universal Credit, Jobseekers Allowance or Income support while mandatory reconsideration. 

If you wish to receive the ESA payments, you do not have to make a new claim and you will be paid at the medical assessment stage rate.

For this, however, you have to continue providing medical certificates, also called fit notes.

You do not have to produce an original claim for ESA. When you’re awaiting your Tribunal, You’ll be paid the Assessment Stage rate.

Click here to learn more about claiming ESA while appealing.

Example #7

This HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter is to inform the claimant that his request for appeal was rejected because he exceeded the time limit. 

After mandatory reconsideration, if the claimant does not agree with the decision taken by DWP, he has exactly one calendar month to request an appeal.

As we can see in this letter, it took more than a year for the claimant to ask for an appeal.

After so long, it is rather advisable to file a new claim for the ESA benefit award. 

HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter (7 examples)

If you wish to make an ESA appeal, you have to know the time limits. What does this mean?

You have exactly one month from the date of the mandatory reconsideration notice to make a request for an appeal.

Try not to miss this deadline, but if you do you should have a good reason for sending a request for an appeal late. 

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Conclusions

In this blog post, we present to you 7 examples of HM Courts and Tribunals Service letters and also explain their significance.

These examples are related to the ESA and PIP benefits awards. 

If you wish to know more about either ESA or PIP awards, please feel free to ask us or read other blogs we’ve written on the subject.

FAQ on HM Courts and Tribunals Service letter

How do I contact HM Courts and Tribunals Service?

You can contact the HM Courts and Tribunals Service either through email, phone or by sending a letter.

You can find all the contact details on gov.uk

What does HM Courts and Tribunals Service do?

The HM Courts and Tribunals Service manages all the criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales. 

How do I pay HM Court and Tribunals Service?

You can pay HM Court and Tribunals Service in person at a court or tribunal by cheque, cash, debit or credit card.

You can make online payments if your claim was processed online.

What does a tribunal court do?

A tribunal court administers and decides disputes in a particular area of law. 

What happens at HM Courts and Tribunals Service?

At the HM Courts and Tribunals Service all criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals are decided. 

What is the difference between tribunal and court?

The difference between tribunal and court relies on their purpose.

A tribunal deals with a specific matter and can be a part of the dispute.

A court deals with all types of cases and is not part of the dispute.

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