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Comment 7th July 2010

The provisions under section 62 to 66 and schedule 12 and 13 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 that allow for forceable entry by bailiffs into premises to enforce judgments is oppressive and should be repealed.

There is no justification for such draconian powers in support of civil remedies of creditors. The current provisions are sufficient and proportionate, and draconian powers of entry should only be used in support of serious criminal activity that poses a threat to the state and society.

In addition, the same applies to sections 97-101 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 to apply for Information Orders that enable a creditor to apply for an Information Order to obtain information concerning debtors.

All of these provisions contravene article 8(1) of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Why does this matter?

These powers are dispropropionate and a typical example of New Labour’s dictatorial police state.

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