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High Court Warrant - Stay of Execution- Any experts in legal debt advice?

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Hello

Wasn't sure if this was better in legal or money, but trying here as seems to be busier.

Due to a mix of stupidity and my terrible mental health, I totally failed to deal with an old electricity bill following a dispute with the company (that I was correct about). This was completely irresponsible of me I know, but as I was also suicidal at the time, things slid away from me greatly. If you're going to harangue me about it, feel free.

Anyway, I got a claim form from the Northampton County Court in September. I filled out the admission form along with proposed payment plan and returned it to the claimant. The service date was 18 September 2012.

I heard nothing until I received a judgement, I then wrote to both the company and then their solicitors offering payment based on income and expenditure and still nothing until today when I have a ballif letter that they have a warrant to remove my goods and chattels.

I have spoken to the National Debtline and got some good advice. I am completing a N244- Stay of Execution and an N245 - a variation order.

Here is the stupid question, both ask for the Claim No and the Warrant number. I don't know the warrant number, I have no paperwork except for the letter shoved under my front door. There is a High Court Reference, is this the same thing?

I also am confused by what my claim number is. There is a sticker on the County Court Claim form. It has a barcode with some numbers under it, another code which has a date prefaced by CCMCC and then another reference which starts 2YM then numbers.

Which numbers should I be using?

I'm also confused as the form is marked Northampton but then also notes a Salford Court address.

Can anybody help me sort of this very tangled and terrifying mess? Right now I just want to a)cry or b)run away but I know this won't sort out the debt.

I have asked CAB for an appointment but it's at least 2 weeks.

mumblechum1 Tue 20-Nov-12 21:04:07

Ok, the reason for the Northampton thing is that all online debt recovery claims go through a sort of claims factory in Northampton. Salford is presumably either your local county court or the one nearest the creditor.

If you don't know the warrant number, just put the case number on, the court will work it out from there. I haven't done any county court debt recovery for years so not sure which would be the claim number but if you just call up your local county court they'll tell you which one sounds like the right one.

If you are stuck, go to your local county court office (usually open 10 am till 4pm but check first; our local one is only open in the mornings now).

They aren't allowed to give legal advice but are generally extremely helpful.

Thank you so much. Salford is my nearest one so will try to get over there very rapidly this week! So long as they can tell me which thing to stick in which box, I can probably handle the rest, I'm just too panicky to think straight tonight

mumblechum1 Tue 20-Nov-12 21:13:24

smile honestly, don't panic. I used to work in a county court many moons ago and we spent a lot of time helping people with this exact same problem.

Thanks. I felt sick with fear, now I just feel scared and vulnerable. But I know not to let him in, no matter what stories he might spin. Despite this stupidity, I am quite clever, just want to get it sorted out.

mumblechum1 Tue 20-Nov-12 21:29:42

Actually county court bailiffs are pussycats, it's the commercial ones which are super dodgy imo

This is a High Court Enforcement one, is that different?

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