COURTS AND TRIBUNALS BILL [DRAFT]
- Creditors with claims in the civil court will be able to enforce their judgments more effectively
- Introducing the regulation of enforcement agents to ensure that debtors who genuinely do not have the means to pay will be protected from the oppressive pursuit of their debts
- Reforms to existing court based enforcement methods
- Unification of Tribunals under a single organisation with a simplified structure of two tiers and the creation of the post of Senior President which will provide the tribunals judiciary with clear leadership and a single voice;
- Creation of a Tribunal Procedure Committee to simplify the procedure for the benefit of users and an Administrative Justice Council to focus on the needs of the public and users.
- Security Industry Authority to license and regulate bailiffs and other enforcement agents for the first time
- Bill will enable creditors to enforce civil court judgments against their debtors more effectively than at present and debtors will be protected from the oppressive pursuit of their debts
- This Bill will rationalise, simplify and modernise the tribunal system, so delivering improved services to the public and establishing common customer service standards;
- It will promote alternative and proportionate ways of resolving the disputes that come to the tribunals;
- The new service will work with original decision making Departments to achieve better partnerships when things go wrong and to provide feedback so that things improve.
- The Bill's enforcement provisions will apply to England and Wales. The new single organisation for tribunals will be UK-wide but existing devolved arrangements for tribunals will not be fundamentally affected.
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