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Stuart J, Solicitor
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i am due in court next week for a small claims hearing, I found

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i am due in court next week for a small claims hearing, I found out on monday that i have to have a emergency operation 2 days before the hearing as I have been told I have cancer, does anyone if the court will look to change the date.
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I assume this will prevent you from attending court?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

yes i will not be able to attend,

as you found out on Monday (I appreciate you may have had all the things on your mind) why did you not contact the court immediately.
are you the claimant or the defendant?
Presumably you have a letter confirming the date and confirming that this is an emergency last minute appointment. Please confirm
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I am the defendant, I have not got a letter as I was told face to face but I have spoke to my doctor and he will give me a letter to send to the court

You should have dealt with this on Monday as soon as you know.you need a letter today, because currently, you are at risk of getting a costs order against youif you delay any more
I appreciate that you may have had other things on your mind on Monday.

You need to contact the court today and let them have a copy of the letter, and explain the circumstances. Do it all in writing and tell them on the telephone that you are sending the letter. Ask them to put it in front of the judge as soon as possible to ask for an adjournment of (28 days?). Apologised to the court in the letter but explained that you had no notice of this and it is completely outside your control and obviously of an urgent medical nature. You must explain that this is entirely beyond your control and you had no way of knowing that this would rear its head so quickly or on such an immediate basis.

Also do exactly the same as everything I have written above with the other side. Ask them to confirm that they will raise no objections
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