High Court Enforcement Officers
Our Principal High Court Enforcement Officer is authorised by the Ministry of Justice to enforce both High Court and County Court judgments. Our team of enforcement officers provide excellent geographical coverage across England and Wales. High Court Enforcement Officers enforce judgment debts by identifying goods belonging to the defendant for seizure. Seizing goods gives High Court Enforcement Officers much more leverage when recovering debts. If debts remain unpaid, High Court Enforcement Officers will generally remove seized items for sale by auction to recover the judgment debt and costs incurred.
About High Court Enforcement Officers
Prior to 2004, High Court Enforcement Officers were known as “sheriff’s officers”. As Sheriff’s Officers they were not responsible directly for enforcing High Court writs like today. Instead they would enforce the writs for the high sheriff for each county.
The job of our High Court Enforcement Officers is to enforce ‘Writs of Execution’ issued by the High Court. The most common type of writ of execution is a ‘Writ of Control’, formerly known as ‘Writ of Fieri Facias’ or ‘Writ of Fi Fa’. A Writ of Control can be issued to enforce a money judgment and provides for the seizure of the debtor’s goods. What other types of ‘Writ of Execution’ are there? The following writs are included in the term ‘writ of execution’:
- ‘Writ of Control’ (formerly Writ of Fi Fa) – this Writ is for the recovery of money after a County Court or High Court Judgment has been obtained
- ‘Writ of Possession’ – this Writ is for the recovery of land after an Order for Possession has been obtained
- ‘Writ of Assistance’ – this Writ is usually used to assist in the enforcement of a ‘Writ of Possession’
- ‘Writ of Restitution’ – this Writ is issued following the re-occupation of land following the execution of a ‘Writ of Possession’
- ‘Writ of Possession and Control’ – these Writs are for the recovery of land and money
- ‘Writ of Delivery’ – this Writ is for the recovery of specific assets