I have received a summons to court
If you receive a summons because you haven't paid your Council Tax, costs of £109 will be added to your account.
At the court hearing, we'll ask the magistrates to issue a liability order against you. This means that the court agrees that you're liable to pay Council Tax at the property in question. A liability order gives us extra powers to collect the money that you owe. We'll also ask the magistrate to add further costs of £12.00.
You can avoid a court hearing if, before the court date if you pay your debt in full (including the £109 costs)
You have the right to attend the magistrates’ court on the hearing date, for a ‘bulk hearing’. This means we've issued a large number of summonses for the same date and time as yours. The court will only hear individual cases if you have a valid defence against the issue of a summons. The courts decide what is a valid defence.
To help you, we have listed the main defences:
the property named on your summons is not shown as an entry in the valuation list
the tax has not been properly set
the amount has not been demanded in accordance with the statutory provisions
the amount demanded has been paid in full
more than six years have elapsed since the day on which the sum became due
bankruptcy or winding-up proceedings have been initiated
The magistrates won't take into account if you are able, or not able, to pay.