Information hearing—procedure and orders

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

  • Information hearing—procedure and orders
  • Making the application for an information hearing
  • Serving the order for judgment debtor to attend the information hearing
  • Can information orders be served out of the jurisdiction?
  • Judgments against individuals
  • Judgments against companies
  • Preventing judgment debtors from leaving the jurisdiction
  • Court specific guidance

Information hearing—procedure and orders

This Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which your matter is proceeding, you may also need to be mindful of additional provisions—see further below.

This Practice Note explains how to apply for an information hearing and how to serve the relevant order. It also addresses when orders can be served out of the jurisdiction.

The procedure is set out in CPR 71.

For guidance on when you might seek an information hearing and what to expect at the hearing, see Practice Note: Information hearing—introduction and the hearing.

Making the application for an information hearing

A creditor can apply for an Information Hearing as soon as judgment is made, even if costs remain to be assessed.

The application may be made without notice, and there does not need to be a ‘good reason’ to make it without notice (Vale SA v BSG Resources Ltd (in administration) at para [35]). The application must be issued in the court or County Court hearing centre which made the judgment or order of which enforcement is sought. Exceptions to this are where:

  1. the proceedings have since transferred to another court or hearing centre, in which case it must be issued there

  2. the application relates to enforcing a County Court money claim (CCMC) (previously known as a 'designated

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