Which bailiff companies can
enforce these warrants?
Many court "fines" are still enforced by officers employed by the individual Magistrates Court bu,t since 2006 a large percentage are now enforced by private sector bailiffs under Contract with HMCS. This situation will no doubt increase as many Magistrate Courts have closed and many more are planned to close within the coming year.
The Contract cover different areas of the country as follows:
• Marston Group Ltd...... HMCS North West, South West and South East
• Philips Collection Services ...... HMCS North East, Midlands, London.
• Swift Credit Services Ltd and Excel Enforcement: HMCS Welsh regions
Note: Each contract has recently been extended to 2014.
Does the bailiff/enforcement officer have to be Certificated?
Although bailiffs executing distress warrants for Magistrates Court fines
do not have to be certificated by law, HMCS have included a clause within each Contract that all bailiffs enforcing such warrants must be certificated. Therefore,
there is a contractual obligation that they must
be certificated. However, we understand that each bailiff company have in fact been given a 6 month grace period for their bailiffs to become certificated.
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