What powers do sheriff officers have?
Sheriff officers are involved as soon as the creditor starts court action. They'll try to speak to you about what action is being served and explain the importance of the documents and the process involved. This is different depending on the type of debt, but documents are usually delivered by hand or by first class recorded post.
Diligence usually begins with a ‘Charge for Payment’ being issued from the court and being served by the sheriff officer. This is a document that asks you to pay the debt in full within a specific period of time, usually 14 days.
Depending on the debt you may still have options for coming to an arrangement with the creditor to help prevent further action being taken.
If you’re not sure what to do, we’d recommend contacting us for advice on your options.
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