What if the judgment debtor fails to attend on the date in the suspended committal order?

A warrant of arrest will be issued and passed to the Enforcement Agent (Bailiff). The warrant gives the Enforcement Agent (Bailiff) the authority to arrest the judgment debtor (or officer). Once the judgment debtor (or officer) has been arrested, the Enforcement Agent (Bailiff) will take the judgment debtor (or officer) to the court to be brought before a judge. If the judgment debtor (or officer) agrees to be questioned by an officer of the court there and then, the judge will normally discharge the suspended committal order. If the judgment debtor (or officer) refuses to be questioned, or fails to comply with the order to attend for questioning in any other way, a warrant of committal will normally be issued immediately. A warrant of committal authorises the Enforcement Agent (Bailiff) to take the judgment debtor (or officer) to prison for the time specified in the suspended committal order.

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