County court administration orders
County court administration orders

The following Property guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • County court administration orders
  • Eligibility
  • Applying for a CCAO
  • Making a CCAO instead of an earnings attachment order
  • Effect of a CCAO
  • Attachment of earnings


Part VI of the County Courts Act 1984 (CCA 1984) introduces a new form of administration procedure for debtors who do not have any business debts and whose income exceeds the amount required to meet their reasonable needs.

A debtor may apply for a county court administration order (CCAO) if he:

  1. is not already subject to an administration order, bankruptcy order or voluntary arrangement

  2. has at least two qualifying debts (as defined in CCA 1984, s 112AB)

  3. none of his debts are business debts

  4. the total of all his debts does not exceed the county court limit (currently £5,000)

  5. he is unable to pay one or more of his qualifying debts (inability to pay is defined, on a cash-flow basis only, by CCA 1984, s 112AC), and

  6. he has sufficient income not only to meet his reasonable needs, but also to fund repayments of small debts over a period of time