How do I instruct a High Court Enforcement Officer to take control of goods?
How do I instruct a High Court Enforcement Officer to take control of goods?

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • How do I instruct a High Court Enforcement Officer to take control of goods?
  • Who are the High Court Enforcement Officers?
  • When can you retain the services of a High Court Enforcement Officer?
  • How do you choose a High Court Enforcement Officer?
  • How to obtain a writ of control
  • How to instruct a High Court Enforcement Officer

This Practice Note, produced in conjunction with enforcement specialists, The Sheriffs Office, sets out how to instruct a High Court Enforcement Officer (HCEO) to execute a writ of control to enforce a court judgment by taking control of the judgment debtor’s goods and selling them under the Taking Control of Goods procedure.

For general guidance on executing a writ of control to enforce a court judgment, see Practice Note: Enforcing a writ of control.

For general guidance on executing a warrant of control to enforce a County Court judgment, see Practice Note: Enforcing a warrant of control.

Who are the High Court Enforcement Officers?

High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs (formerly known as Sheriffs)) are private individuals authorised by the Lord Chancellor to execute:

  1. judgments or orders of the High Court

  2. County Court judgments or orders which have been transferred to the High Court (see Practice Note: How to obtain a warrant of control—County Court judgments—Do I have to enforce my County Court judgment in the County Court—transferring up)

A full list of currently authorised HCEOs and their affiliated organisations can be found here.

For guidance on the different types of writs, see Practice Note: Writs and warrants to enforce judgment—general provisions—High Court writ of execution.

When can you retain the services of a High Court Enforcement Officer?

If you have a County Court judgment you can either:

  1. obtain a warrant of control

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