The total number of defaults and small claims judgments issued in Northern Ireland during the first quarter of the year rose to the highest levels since Q1 2012, according to figures released by Registry Trust.

There were 2,242 small claims judgments in Q1 2018, 16 per cent more than during the same quarter last year and the highest total for any first quarter since 2012. The average small claims judgment decreased four per cent to £1,960; combined these changes led to an 11 per cent rise in the total value of small claims judgments.

In the High Court, 24 judgments were registered, 21 fewer than during the first quarter of 2017. The average High Court judgment plummeted, dropping 48 per cent in value, leading to a 72 per cent fall in the total value of judgments.

During Q1 2018, 2.74 per cent of judgments were marked as satisfied. This contrasts with 13.14 per cent in England and Wales, where satisfaction rates are generally higher owing to differences between legal systems.

Statistics

  • Defaults and small claims Q1 2018 (compared with Q1 2017)
    • Total number: 2,242 (up 16 percent)
    • Total value: £4.4m (up 11 percent)
    • Average: £1,960 (down four percent)
    • Median: £837 (down three percent)
  • High Court judgments Q1 2018
    • Total number: 24 (down 21)
    • Total value: £2.3m (down 72 percent)
    • Average: £97,844 (down 48 percent)
    • Median: £89,531 (up 58 percent)