High Court Judgments

High Court Judgments
Since April 6th 2006, a record of High Court Judgments, relating to monetary judgments made in the High Court Chancery Division, the Queen’s Bench Division and the Admiralty and Commercial courts in England & Wales, has been held by RTL as part of the Register of Judgments, Orders and Fines.

Judgments are registered on default whilst defended cases, and county court judgments transferred to High Court for enforcement, are registered upon enforcement. In the Admiralty and Commercial court, where judgment has been registered in a foreign currency, the registration will be converted to £ Sterling at the exchange rate applicable on the judgment date.

Information appearing on the Register includes the name and address of the debtor, the date and amount of judgment, the name of the High Court Division or district registry and the claim number, plus satisfaction details once RTL has been notified by the court. Judgments registered against individuals include dates of birth where this is known and, for all judgments, the provision of a post-code is mandatory unless leave of the court is obtained.

If the judgment is fully repaid after one calendar month from the date of judgment and evidence is provided to the court who will notify RTL when the entry will be marked as ‘satisfied’ on the Register where it will remain for the statutory six year period from the date of judgment. If fully repaid within one calendar month from the date of judgment and evidence is provided to the court, the record can be removed from the Register. The defendant can also apply to the court for a Certificate of Satisfaction or a Certificate of Cancellation, whichever is appropriate, enclosing the court fee of £16 (cheque/postal order payable to HMCTS). Part payments of a judgment debt are not recorded on the Register.

Details of High Court judgments remain on the Register for a statutory period of six years from the date of judgment, unless set-aside or reversed by the court, or the amount is fully repaid within one calendar month from the date of judgment when the court will notify RTL that the entry should be removed from the Register.

If application is made to set-aside the judgment, a court fee of £275 is required (cheque/postal order payable to HMCTS). Any defendant experiencing difficulty in paying court fees should ask court staff for advice.

If a defendant feels that details of a registration are inaccurate, a query should be raised directly with the relevant court who will investigate and, if appropriate, send any amendment to RTL. Upon receipt of their response, the Register will be amended by the end of the next working day.

Details of High Court judgments held on the Register, and any subsequent amendments, may be passed to commercial organisations and may then be supplied to credit grantors and others seeking information regarding an individual’s financial standing.

The judgment case number must be quoted to the court when any query is raised, as the court needs this to locate the item. The Register does not contain details of the claimant. This information is available only from the relevant High Court.