County Court Judgments (CCJ’s)2019-06-04T15:51:50+00:00

County Court Judgments

Guide to dealing with a County Court Judgment (CCJ)

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County Court Judgments (CCJs)

A County Court Judgment or, ‘CCJ’ is a judgment that a county court issues when someone has failed to pay money that they owe. CCJs are a simple way for creditors to claim the money they’re entitled to. The Court will consider the case and decide whether there really is a debt to pay. If there is, they will issue a CCJ. This will set out how the debt should be repaid.

Before someone takes legal action against you, it is likely they will have written to you several times requesting payment. If you are unable to pay at this stage or you simply refuse payment for any reason, you may then receive a CCJ Claim Form. This form gives you the opportunity to enter a defence i.e. present your side of the story forward, before the CCJ is decided on. If you ignore this form, it is likely that a CCJ will be issued in default.

Your Options

If you have received a Claim Form, you have several options:

  • Pay the amount in full (including any interest and court fees). If you do this, you won’t need to send the forms back. There won’t be a court hearing and you won’t have a CCJ recorded against you.
  • Ask to pay at a later date or by specified instalments. If you do this, a CCJ will still be issued but the creditor may agree your repayment terms.
  • Dispute the amount owed. If you think you owe less than is being claimed, you could return the forms explaining why. The Court will then review the case and determine who they feel is in the right. If they believe the creditor’s case, they will issue a CCJ against you.
  • Dispute the entire claim. If you don’t believe you owe anything, return the Defence Form to the court, setting out your side of the argument. Again, the Court will review the case and determine who they feel is in the right. If they believe the creditor’s case, they will issue a CCJ against you.
  • Counter Claim against the creditor. If you not only dispute the creditor’s claim but also believe you are owed money by them, you’ll need to fill out the counterclaim form. There may be a fee to do this. For example, this may apply whereby a builder sues you for non-payment, but you think he owes you money for breaching the contract.

What happens in Court?

If your case goes to court, there will be a very simple hearing, held in private. You don’t need to attend unless you’re disputing the claim or counter claiming. During the hearing, the court will consider all the evidence and make a ruling in either your favour or your creditors. If the court decides you owe the money, it will issue a CCJ. The CCJ is a court order saying you must repay the debt. It will also set out how you must repay (e.g. in full within 28-days or, by regular monthly payments).

What if you can’t pay the CCJ?

If you don’t or can’t pay, the creditor can return to court to ‘enforce’ the CCJ; this will usually involve additional costs to you. The enforcement action could include;

  • Charging Order – this secures the CCJ against a property that you own, meaning you’ll need to clear the debt before you sell the property or re-mortgage it.
  • Attachment of Earnings Order – the court may approve an order that allows payments to be taken directly out of your salary. In this case, the court will contact your employer directly.

How does a CCJ affect my credit file?

Unless you pay off a CCJ in full within 28-days of receiving the judgment and provide evidence of this to the court, it will be entered on your credit record at the Register of Judgments, Orders and Fines. It’ll remain on your credit file for six years. This record can seriously affect your ability to get a mortgage, a credit card or even a bank account in the future.

If you pay the CCJ after 28-days, it will still remain on the register, but it will thereafter be recorded as ‘satisfied’; this will improve your credit file slightly, but many lenders will still view it negatively.

Can I get a CCJ removed?

The only way to remove a CCJ is to ask the court to ‘set aside’ the judgment because you have a genuine reason to dispute it. There will be a fee to pay when you submit the application to court. The application is referred to as an ‘N244 form’ and the court fee is typically £255. If you make an application without good reason, you may end up further out of pocket.

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I already have a CCJ is it too late to take advice?2018-02-18T19:23:32+00:00

No. Call us straight away on 0800 1804 933, in most cases we can prevent CCJ’s from being enforced by bailiffs if we are instructed early enough.

Can you help with Bailiffs?2018-02-18T19:23:03+00:00

Yes. If we are instructed early enough, we are usually very successful in stopping bailiffs from removing assets. We have written a useful guide to the powers of bailiffs on this website; please visit our Help Guide section. Whilst the Help Guide is very useful, it is no substitute for specific personal advice. Please call us now and speak with a qualified Adviser.

In most cases, we are able to speak directly with the bailiff; once they understand your circumstances, they may allow us extra time to put a repayment plan together. If the bailiff is not receptive to our requests, we may be able to help you get a Court Order blocking bailiff enforcement action for around one month. This should give us all the time we need to put a formal repayment plan in place.

Where can I check out Anderson Brookes?2018-02-18T19:20:15+00:00

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Anderson Brookes Ltd is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority; our FCA registration number is 669796. You can confirm our details on the FCA website www.fca.org.uk

Anderson Brookes Insolvency Practitioners Ltd is a firm of Insolvency Practitioners. Brendan P Hogan is licensed to act as an Insolvency Practitioner in the UK by the Insolvency Practitioners Association; licence Number 101680. You can confirm the licence details at www.insolvency-practitioners.org.uk/ipasearch

Anderson Brookes Ltd and Anderson Brookes Insolvency Practitioners Ltd are both registered at 4th Floor, Churchgate House, Bolton, Lancashire BL1 1HL

How are Anderson Brookes Regulated?2018-02-18T19:21:02+00:00

Anderson Brookes Ltd is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Anderson Brookes Insolvency Practitioners Ltd is a separate company. Brendan P Hogan is Licensed to act as an Insolvency Practitioner by the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA).

Can you provide advice over the phone?2018-02-18T19:22:25+00:00

Yes. Although we are based in Bolton, Lancashire, we deal with clients throughout the UK. Most of the work we do can be completed over the phone. You will not need to visit our offices; we can however, arrange to come and see you at your home or business if you prefer.

Do you offer a Free Consultation?2018-02-18T19:21:54+00:00

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Do I need an appointment?2018-02-18T19:24:00+00:00

No. You do not need to arrange an appointment, simply call us on 0800 1804 933 and we’ll be able to help. If you prefer, we can arrange to call you at a time convenient to you.

Questions about our Debt Solutions

Can Anderson Brookes help with Corporate Insolvency?2018-01-20T07:50:03+00:00

Absolutely. One of our greatest success stories involves the provision of restructuring and insolvency advice to the Directors of a company turning over in excess of £35 million pa.

We are equally at home assisting sole-traders and self-employed individuals.

Can you help with debts in a Limited Company?2018-01-20T07:49:10+00:00

Yes. Providing debt advice to the Directors of limited companies is our specialist area. There are a wide range of debt solutions available to limited companies struggling with cash-flow problems. Our aim is make sure Directors understand all their options before taking any action.

Do you only offer formal insolvency advice?2018-01-23T18:09:11+00:00

No. In fact, most of the people that call us for advice do not need a formal insolvency procedure. Before recommending any specific debt solution, we will help you consider all the options available to you. This will include providing you with self-help guidance and advice on informal debt solutions.

As you would expect, in the event that you do need insolvency advice our Licensed Insolvency Practitioner will be able to act on your behalf. Unlike some of our competitors, we would not need to refer you to an external company having recommended an insolvency process.

Can you help with Personal Debt?2018-01-20T07:47:58+00:00

Yes. Although we specialise in helping with small business debt problems, many of our clients are also suffering with personal debts (credit cards, loans, bank overdrafts etc). We will make sure our advice covers all your financial affairs.

In order to provide advice in relation to personal debts, firms must be licensed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Anderson Brookes Ltd is directly Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. *Before taking advice from any individual or organisation, it is essential that you verify that they are authorised to provide regulated advice. If you have already spoken with an Adviser but are unsure of their status, please feel free to call us on 0800 1804 933 and we will explain how to properly check them out.

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