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High Court Enforcement Officers are men and women who are authorised personally by the Lord Chancellor or his designated person pursuant to paragraph 2 (1) of Schedule 7 of the Courts Act 2003 and Regulation 6 of the High Court Enforcement Officers Regulations 2004 to execute judgments and orders of the High and County Court of England and Wales.

On this page, you will find details of the Courts Act 2003, and High Court Enforcement Officers Regulations 2004, together with our Code of Practice to which all Authorised Officers abide.

Additionally following the implementation of the additional regulations in the Tribunals Courts Enforcement Act 2007 on April 6, 2014 you will find the new legislation that Enforcement Agents now follow, which is in addition the the Courts Act Legislation which is also still in force.

Fraudulent Bailiff Calls

Our members, and the Board of the HCEOA are aware that some individuals and businesses have been called by fraudsters posing as Enforcement Agents (EA’s)..Typically these calls ask for money to be paid over the phone to prevent the bailiffs coming around to the premises within the next hour. The fraudsters are well informed and can be very convincing.

No legitimate EA will undertake enforcement in this manner: if you have any doubts whatsoever, for any reason, do not make any payment, take contact details for the EA, and business they represent and verify those details yourself and call back on a number which you have separately identified. You may find the Members page of use in identifying the business and number to call.

The EA and his or her employer will be able to clearly identify the EA and quote the Court action number, the date of the judgment and the Court which sealed the writ of control.

Note that the EA will be able to give full details of their Enforcement Agents certificate, including the Court which issued it, the dates of issue and expiry and their employer. You can use the Ministry of Justice register of Enforcement Agents to check the validity of their certificate using these details.. You can find the register on https://certificatedbailiffs.justice.gov.uk/ Note, when entering the EA’s name, the search option uses the EA’s surname – for example,  if I search for my own certificate details, the search engine doesn’t find “David Asker”, but finds all the relevant details by inputting “Asker”.

Whilst different enforcement companies will have slightly different methods of operation, all enforcement agencies 
have an obligation to ensure that they make clear who they are, why they are calling and the precise details of the writ which they are seeking to enforce.

National Police services are aware of this fraud.  You can also report instances to your local Police Station and or the National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

  • Tribunals Courts & Enforcement (TCE) Act 2007 
    Extract of the act, describing the law as it relates to Taking Control of Goods, which is then supported by additional schedules and regulations. This extract describes the who may act, along with how and when.
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  • TCE - Schedule 12
    This is the main schedule referred to within the Act and supports the act with the detail of enforcement referred to in the Act for Taking Control of Goods which is then supported further by specific regulations.
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  • Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014
    These regulation prescribe when and what fees may be applied when enforcing an order under the Taking Control of Goods Regulations.
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  • Memorandum to the Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations
    Where additional explanatory notes are issued to a regulation this is by way of a memorandum and this is a memorandum issued in support of the Fees regulations following implementation and gives additional information to the appliance of the fees, not covered directly in the regulations.
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  • Best Practice
    The best practice issued by the Association to all HCEO’s setting out the best practice on conduct during enforcement.
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  • Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013
    This is the main regulation in support of the Act and Schedule 12 and describes in detail the process and requirements on the High Court Enforcement Officer and Enforcement Agent when enforcing a Writ.
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  • Courts Act 2003
    Extract of the Act that created High Court Enforcement Officers and describes the law which is supported by regulations covering their appointment, conduct and powers.
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  • The High Court Enforcement Officers Regulations 2004
    This regulation supports the Courts Act 2003 and describes the appointment, authorisation, and fees. This regulation was updated when the TCE Act came into force in April 2014 in relation to Schedule 3 fees charged for Writs of Control, formerly known as Writs of Fi Fa and Schedule 4 Walking Possession.
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  • Want to Complain
    The Associations complaints procedure in the event of a complaint arising about the conduct of a High Court Enforcement Officer or their Enforcement Agent. Please do read the notes on making a complaint before complaining as we are only able to deal with complaints relating to the enforcement of a High Court Judgment.
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Should you need any additional information that is not answered here or on out FAQ page, please contact us.

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