Court Enforcement Services supports freedom of choice for court users
Court Enforcement Services is seeking support from court users to help to persuade the Ministry of Justice to change the regulations to make it easier for them to collect unpaid judgments and tackle the huge backlog of cases in the County Court system.
Currently, High Court Enforcement can only be used to collect unregulated debts for more than £600. However, there is a huge backlog of County Court Judgments for debts under £600 which we are concerned is causing a major issue for court users who are owed this money.
We believe the Ministry of Justice should change the regulations to allow court users to have greater freedom to choose between County Court Bailiffs and High Court Enforcement Officers for enforcement as currently is the case for debts between £600 and £5,000.
This reform can be delivered simply and easily by the Lord Chancellor and the Ministry of Justice.
We are working with other High Court Enforcement Officers’ businesses across England and Wales through our membership body – the High Court Enforcement Officers Association – to persuade the Ministry of Justice that reform is essential.
As part of that we would like to gather feedback and information from court users like you to demonstrate the scale of the concern and importance of this issue.
We would be most grateful if you could please spare five minutes to complete the HCEOA’s ‘Case for Change’ survey so as a profession we can use the collective feedback and evidence provided by court users to help engage with the Ministry of Justice.
You can provide your feedback here until the survey closes on Monday 31st May 2021.
Thank you for your time and support. If there is anything else we can assist you with please do not hesitate to contact us: