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Sheriffs' Officers (Fees).

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Insurance. – in the House of Commons on 25th July 1923.

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Photo of Mr William Leach Mr William Leach , Bradford Central

70.

asked the Attorney-General if the accounts of sheriffs' officers concerned with County Court work and their charges for levying writs of fi. fa. are subject to audit by any Government Department?

Photo of Sir Douglas Hogg Sir Douglas Hogg , St Marylebone

Execution in the County Court is levied by the High Bailiff and his officers, and not by the Sheriff. The fees are those prescribed by the County Courts Fees Order, or ordered or allowed by the judge under that Order. In the majority of cases the State has no pecuniary interest, as the fees are, paid over to the profit of the High Bailiff or Registrar, and there is nothing to audit, though the books are examined and any improper charge would, of course, be reported to the Lord Chancellor. Where by arrangement the High Bailiff pays over part of the fees to the County Courts Department, the County Court Examiner checks the receipts to see that the proper amount is paid over.