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Is this a claim issued by the County Court Business Centre? Is there anything in the front page that refers to MCOL or Money Claim Online?
The only way of determining the status of the claim is by contacting the court directly. But the date of issue is not necessarily the date from which the time limit starts; the time limit for replying to the claim form starts after proper service has been taken place. It may be that although the Court issued the claim in early July, the claimant opted to serve the claim form themselves. If that is the case the time limit for lodging your defence will start now rather than one month ago. However, to be absolutely sure about the dates you must speak to court first and that should clarify the position. Alternatively there should be a covering letter or other information in the pack which gives some information about when the time limit starts.