The Things You Always Wanted to Ask About High Court Enforcement But Didn't Like Too!

Updated: Apr 27



A High Court enforcement officer (HCEO) is an officer of the High Court of England and Wales responsible for enforcing judgments of the High Court, often by taking legal control of goods or recovering land and/or property. Prior to 2004, HCEOs were known as Sheriff's Officers and were responsible for enforcing High Court Writs on behalf of the High Sheriff for each bailiwick in England and Wales. Today High Court Enforcement Officers are personally responsible for the enforcement of Writs issued in their name. They take the place of the High Sheriff in terms of this responsibility. High Court Enforcement Officers operate in all 105 postcodes across England and Wales. They are a separate part of the UK legal system to the Sheriff's Officers appointed in Scotland.


Q| Who are High Court Enforcement Officers?

A| High Court Enforcement Officers or HCEOs are appointed by the Lord Chancellor to enforce Writs of Execution issued out of the High Court of England and Wales. The Writ of Control is the most common type of Writ and is issued to enforce payment of a money judgment. The Writ used to be known as a Writ of Fieri Facias, or Fi Fa. Other forms of Writ include |

A Writ of Possession | used to recover land and/or property after an Order for Possession has been issued

A Writ of Assistance | issued to assist or support the enforcement of a Writ of Possession

A Writ of Restitution | issued after the land has been re-occupied following the enforcement of a Writ of Possession

A Combined Writ of Possession and Control | used to recover land and money owing

A Writ of Delivery | used to recover specific assets

Writs date back to the start of the English Common law and have some wonderful old Latin names - these include |

A Writ of Venditioni Exponas

A Writ of Ne Exeat Regno