The total number of defaults and small claims judgments issued in Northern Ireland during the first half of the year rose to the highest levels since 2012, according to figures released today by Registry Trust. However, the percentage of judgments marked as satisfied was just a fifth of the percentage satisfied in England and Wales during the same period.

 There were 4,603 small claims judgments in Q1 and Q2 2018, 12 percent more than during the same period of last year and the highest total for the first half of the year since 2012.

The average small claims judgment decreased one percent to £2,019; combined these changes led to a 12 percent rise in the total value of small claims judgments. In the High Court 35 judgments were registered, 40 fewer than during the first half of 2017. The average High Court judgment halved in value, leading to a 77 percent fall in the total value of judgments.

 During Q1 and Q2 2018, 2.93 percent of judgments were marked as satisfied. This contrasts with 14.54 percent in England and Wales, where satisfaction rates are generally higher owing to differences between legal systems.

A judgment is marked as satisfied if it is paid or settled and Registry Trust is informed.


  • Defaults and small claims Q1 and Q2 2018 (compared with Q1 and Q2 2017)
    • Total number: 4,603 (up 12 percent)
    • Total value: £9.3m (up 12 percent)
    • Average: £2,019 (down one percent)
    • Median: £827 (down two percent)
  • High Court judgments Q1 and Q2 2018
    • Total number: 35 (down 40)
    • Total value: £2.9m (down 77 percent)
    • Average: £82,095 (down 50 percent)
    • Median: £51,814 (down 18 percent)