Once a judgment for money is awarded, the defendant is given a period of time, normally 14 days, to pay. If they don't, you may need to take action to enforce the judgment.

Judgments for money, both those awarded in the County Court and the High Court, can be enforced by High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs), who are authorised by the Lord Chancellor and work privately or in private companies.

HCEOs work under the authority of a writ of control (known as a writ of fieri facias or fi fa prior to 6th April 2014). This is issued when a County Court judgment, order or employment tribunal award or ACAS settlement is transferred to the High Court for enforcement. These are transferred up using forms N293A, N471 and N471A respectively and there is a court fee of £66 to obtain the writ. If you have a High Court judgment or order you can request a writ of control using form PF86A along with the £66 court fee for the writ. At The Sheriffs Office we will manage the process on your behalf at no cost.

If successful, we recover your judgment debt, your court costs, your £66 transfer up fee and interest at 8%, as well as the enforcement costs, from the defendant.

HCEO fees are recovered in full from the judgment debtor when enforcement is successful. If enforcement is unsuccessful, the judgment creditor only has to pay a Compliance fee |(known as an abortive fee prior to 6th April 2014). You do not pay any other costs associated with the enforcement of your writ.

As a result, HCEOs tend to have significantly higher collection rates than those of the County Court Bailiffs, who are salaried without any financial incentive to collect. 

If you have a judgment or order that you need enforcing, instruct us today.