Enforcing a warrant of control
Produced in partnership with David W Carter of The Sheriffs Office
Enforcing a warrant of control

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note Produced in partnership with David W Carter of The Sheriffs Office provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Enforcing a warrant of control
  • When does the enforcement process start?
  • Obtaining a warrant of control for enforcement
  • Notice of a visit
  • Attending the debtor's address
  • Removal of goods
  • Gaining entry
  • Which goods can the County Court Bailiff take?
  • Can the debtor apply to court to stop enforcement?

This Practice Note has been produced by enforcement specialists, The Sheriffs Office. It guides users through the process of enforcing a warrant of control obtained from the County Court as a method of enforcing a money judgment; whereby the judgment creditor takes control (seizes) the judgment debtor’s goods and sells them, keeping the proceeds of sale in discharge of the judgment debt. We have included within this Practice Note links to our other content for the detail of the legislative provisions, where appropriate.

For a flowchart summary of the process, see: Enforcement of warrant of control—flowchart.

Note: this Practice Note is concerned with the enforcement of warrants of control. Although much of the process regarding writs of control is similar, there are differences. For guidance on enforcing a writ of control, see Practice Note: Enforcing a writ of control.

For guidance on enforcement fees in taking control of goods, which are set out in the Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/1), see Practice Note: Taking control of goods—fees of the enforcement agent.

Depending on where you are proceeding, a warrant of control support centre may be in operation, which aims to contact the judgment debtor and resolve the warrant. Note that these support centres are not considered in this Practice Note—for further information, see: Support centres opened to speed up resolution of