Court orders and enforcement

If you have issued a claim for a debt and been successful, you need to know how you can make sure that the money owed to you is paid to you.

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Requesting payment

After a successful claim, the court judgement will order the debt to be paid to you directly.

The first step is to send a letter requesting payment and reminding the person who owes you the money of the terms of the court order.

When payment is not made

If the party does not pay, check that they can afford to pay. If you don’t know much about their finances, you can apply to the court for an order that the person is questioned in court to establish their financial position.

The application is made on Form N316 (for an individual) or Form N316a (for a company).

Enforcing a court order

Once you know the financial position of the debtor, the next step is to decide whether it’s worth applying to court for an enforcement order.

You must pay a further fee to the court to start enforcement action.  

Types of enforcement action

A Warrant of Control gives a County Court bailiff authority to enter the property to collect the debt. If the debt is not paid the bailiff is authorised to remove and sell items to recover the money owed to you. Use County Court Form N323 to apply for a Warrant of Control.

If the debtor is an individual, the court can make an Attachment of Earnings Order. This directs the debtor’s employer to deduct an amount from the debtor’s earnings each pay day, and send it to you. Use Form N337 to apply for an Attachment of Earnings Order.

If the person has assets in a bank or is owed money by another person the court can make a Third Party Debt Order. Use Form N349 to apply for a Third Party Debt Order.

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