Judges Demand

Another Plane Seized by our HCEO

Published On: 12th January 2015

Judges Demand are proud to inform our Clients about another great report we have received from our High Court Enforcement Officers.

Our client (Mechanical Belt Engineer) had a County Court Judgment against a private jet charter company operating from a local airport. The debtor company had made many promises to make payment however, payment was never received.

We instructed our High Court Enforcement Officers to enforce the CCJ via a writ of Fi Fa. Our officer attended and seized one of the aircraft belonging to the debtor in an open hangar.

High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs) are entitled to seize aircraft using a writ of Fi Fa (fieri facias) to enforce a Judgment.

When seizing an aircraft, the officer will do the following:

  • Fix a copy of the writ on the inside of the aircraft (in the cockpit) and on the outside, to let the pilot and anyone entering the plane know that it has been seized
  • Tell airport security that the plane has been seized
  • Tell the airport authorities not to accept any flight plans for that aircraft
  • Immobilise the plane with chocks

The officer will also need to secure all the documentation for the plane, including full service and maintenance records. These service records are normally kept where the plane is serviced; without them, the plane will merely sell at scrap value. A copy of the insurance certificate, registration details and airworthiness certificate should all be kept in the cockpit.

Shortly after the aircraft was seized, the debtor made full payment including costs direct in to there account.