Seizing the debtor’s possessions—executing writs and warrants [Archived]
Seizing the debtor’s possessions—executing writs and warrants [Archived]

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

  • Seizing the debtor’s possessions—executing writs and warrants [Archived]
  • Executing the writ or warrant
  • Duration and renewal
  • Stay of execution

ARCHIVED: this archived Practice Note is not maintained and is for background information purposes only. Further, some of the links may not direct you to the provisions as at the date the guidance in this Practice Note was published.

NOTE: the information in this Practice Note is relevant only where you have issued a writ of fieri facias or warrant of control before 6 April 2014 and enforcement pursuant to such a writ or warrant has reached one of the following stages:

  1. goods have already been distrained;

  2. goods have already been executed against; or

  3. goods have already been made subject to a walking possession agreement

by that date. In such case execution of such writ or warrant continues under the pre 6 April 2014 provisions. However, where you do not meet the above criteria then any execution by taking control of the debtor's goods is subject to the new regime under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, sch 12; for which see: Taking control of the debtor's goods—overview.

Once a judgment creditor has obtained a writ of fi fa or warrant of execution to permit him to seize the debtor’s possessions the writ or warrant must then be executed. This will involve the High Court Enforcement Officer (HCEO) in the High Court