Thanks for your help Ben.
Sorry, I did not make myself clear.
This is a £4,800 small claim now to be heard.
I made my claim
He submitted a defence - saying only he did not owe me money because the agreement had ended - WITHOUT ANY explanation why or evidence of the agreement having ended etc.
I sent him a request for further information and evidence of what he was saying.
He has ignored that, and not replied.
We now go before the district judge in a situation where I have provided a file of evidence of my claim, and he has provided next to nothing in support of his defence.
I want to know how to ask the district judge at the outset to find that his silence means his defence if of words only, and therefore is no real defence, whereas he could have brought along evidence in support of his defence - but has failed to do so when asked.
Or, do I just leave the district judge to work it out for him/her self (I have no idea how these things work - but presume I will be asked to speak on behalf of my claim - so am wondering what to say - other than to repeat everything I have already said highlighted by my file of evidence).