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High Court Enforcement Officer
Bailiffs are legal officers responsible for dealing with a variety of roles across the UK and abroad. The position in question, a High Court enforcement officer, is just one of these. They are there to enforce Magistrates Court Orders in accordance with the 1980 Magistrates’ Courts Act, and are employed by Her Majesty’s courts service. Their powers are wide, varied and the position carries with it a high level of responsibility. These include: The seizure and sale of goods to repay a fine or community penalty order owed to the courts and the execution of warrants of arrest, distress, detention and committal issued by a justice of the peace.
A High Court enforcement officer is responsible for enforcing court orders on behalf of the Lord Chancellor.They are there to recover any outstanding money owed to them under a High or County Court judgment which has subsequently been transferred to the High Court. They have the power to seize goods and sell them on to recompense the amount. They are also responsible for organising the repossession and the return of goods.
The position holder would be expected to travel some distance all over the UK and would hold a full driver’s license (as well as access to a working vehicle).They act upon the instructions of a High Court writ. He or she would be experienced in dealing with people on a one-to-one and/or group basis and should be fully aware that encountering unsavoury characters is part of the nature of the position. Strong communication skills are therefore an imperative pre-requirement.
Knowledge of relevant acts of legislation would be beneficial along with clear literacy and IT communication skills as High Court enforcement officers will also be expected to produce detailed pre-legal reports on each case. It is an obligatory requirement that they have knowledge of the local surroundings in terms of residents and would be willing to endure specialist training sessions.
Qualifications: There are no pre-entry qualifications relevant to this position, however, full training will be provided for successful candidates.
Experience: Dealing with people on a one-to-one and/or group setting or in a front-line enforcement related position.
Skills: IT, written and verbal communication skills, people skills, knowledge of relevant acts of legislation.