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Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

I am pleased to announce today publication of the draft Tribunals, Courtsand Enforcement Bill. Copies of the draft Bill, Explanatory Notes and accompanying regulatory impact assessments are being placed in the Libraries of both Houses and on the DCA’s website.

The main effects of the Bill are to:

create a new, simplified, statutory framework for tribunals to provide coherence and enable future reform;

unify the tribunals judiciary under a senior president;

amend the existing threshold criteria for eligibility for appointment to judicial office in order to enable a wider range of applicants to apply;

unify the law relating to enforcement by seizure and sale of goods, including power of entry to premises;

allow creditors with claims in the civil courts to be able to enforce their judgments more effectively; and

introduce a package of measures to help those who are willing and able to pay off their debts over time, and a new personal insolvency procedure for those who have fallen into debt but have no foreseeable way out of it.

The Government intend to introduce the Bill as soon as parliamentary time allows.