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Received a court Judgment? Act quickly and call the experts

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A Court judgment is obtained following the conclusion of legal proceedings in the county Court or High Court. Normally Judgments relate to money claims but can relate to other matters as well. 

Whatever the circumstances of the court Judgment, it is vital to act quickly and take advice. It might be possible to set aside the judgment in certain circumstances or alternative come to a negotiated payment with the Claimant if the judgment relates to a money debt. This could avoid further enforcement action such as the High Court Enforcement Office, Statutory Demands, Winding Up Petitions and Bankruptcy Petitions. 

Whatever the circumstances, contact one of our expert Court Judgement lawyers who can help you with your situation. 

Looking to enforce a Court judgment?

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If you have obtained a Court judgment against an individual, partnership or limited company, we can help enforce that judgment for you and maximise your prospects of enforcing the award. 

There are many different ways of enforcement including the High Court Enforcement Officer, statutory demands, bankruptcy petitions, winding up petitions, attachment to earnings orders and charging orders. Choosing the best route is often very important to make sure that you obtain payment of the monies owed. 

At Francis Wilks & Jones, we are experts in enforcing judgments for clients. Speak to one of our judgment enforcement experts now. We can help find the best option for you.

What is a county court judgment or “CCJ”?

We are often asked “what is a county court judgment”, and “what is the difference between a county court judgment and an order?”  A county court judgment is a final court decision that conclusively disposes of a claim or part of a claim in civil proceedings. 

A county court judgment or CCJ is a civil judgment.  A county court judgment or CCJ is usually followed by an order, for example, for payment of money, known as a judgment debt.  If payment is not made as a result of the county court judgment, then there are various ways to collect the money owed.
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How to collect money after winning a judgment or order in the county court

Having succeeded in winning a county court judgment or CCJ, our clients will often ask for help in collecting the judgment debt that the county court has ordered to be paid. We can help you with all aspects of enforcement in order to collect money due under a county court judgment.  

The individual or company to whom money is owed is referred to as the judgment Creditor and the individual or company who owes the money is called the Judgment Debtor. 

There are various ways to enforce a judgment debt and collect what is owed, and we can advise on the best course of action in each case.
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What is a default judgment?

A default judgment is a judgment by made by the county court when a defendant does not either acknowledge service of the county court proceedings or file a defence to the county court claim or the counterclaim within the time limits set down by the Civil Procedure Rules. 

We can assist you in enforcing the default judgment if payment under the CCJ has not been made.
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How to do I enforce a county court judgment or CCJ?

Enforcement of a county court judgment debt or CCJ or a court order, can be achieved in various ways set down by the Civil Procedure Rules.  A judgment debt can be enforced against a company or an individual. Before enforcing a county court order, it may be advisable to enquire about the Judgment Debtor’s assets before enforcing a county court judgment or CCJ or a court order.   

In general, there is no time limit on starting enforcement of a county court judgment or CCJ in England.  However, time can prevent some enforcement action. 
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Taking Control of Goods

Taking control of goods and selling them in order to enforce a money judgment replaced execution against goods.

Taking control of goods is an effective way of enforcing a county court money judgment. It requires the issue of a court document (in the High Court, a Writ of Control, in the County Court, a Warrant of control) which instructs an enforcement officer to seize and sell a Judgment Debtor's goods and raise funds to satisfy the judgment debt.
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What is an Attachment of Earnings Order?

Here at Francis Wilks & Jones, we are often asked how to recover an unpaid county court judgment through an Attachment of Earnings Order. 

An Attachment of Earnings Order is a method of enforcing an unpaid money judgment or CCJ.   Under an Attachment of Earnings Order, a proportion of a Judgment Debtor´s earnings are deducted by the Judgment Debtor’s employer and paid directly to the judgment Creditor by regular instalments until the judgment debt is paid.
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What is a Third Party Debt Order?

At Francis Wilks & Jones, we are often asked whether it is possible to recover money held in a debtor’s bank account. 

A Third Party Debt Order will freeze a bank account containing money owed to a Judgment Debtor that is in the hands of a third party (for example, a bank) and this money can then be used to pay the County Court Judgment. 
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What is a Charging Order?

A Charging Order is a way of securing a debt payable under a county court judgment or order by imposing a charge over a Judgment Debtor's interest in land, securities or certain other assets.   A Charging Order over property secures an unpaid county court judgment or CCJ and eventually enables a judgment Creditor to apply for an order for the sale of the property in some circumstances.

A Charging Order application can be made at any time after a county court judgment or CCJ has been made by the county court and at the same time as other methods of enforcement of a county court judgment.
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What is an Order to Obtain Information?

Even if you have county court judgment or CCJ, you may not know if the debtor has sufficient assets to be able to pay the debt.

As such, it is possible to make an application to obtain information which orders the Judgment Debtor to attend court to provide information about their assets, income and liabilities. This will then allow a Creditor to make a decision as to whether they wish to enforce their county court judgment at that time and, if so, which method of enforcement may be the most appropriate given the debtor’s circumstances.
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