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Writs in Debt Collection

Tuesday, June 01, 2010 - Posted by Philip Harvey

New South Wales

Prerequisites 

Judgment 

Execution Method

Execution by the Sheriff

 Valid for

 12 Months

 Official Name

 Writ for Levy of Property

Notes for New South Wales;
Sheriff cannot seize:

  • Personal clothing & bedding
  • Tools of trade

Victoria

Prerequisites 

Judgment

Execution Method

Execution by Sheriff

 Valid for

12 months

 Official Name

Warrant to Seize Property

Notes for Victoria;
Sheriff cannot seize:

  • Personal clothing & bedding
  • Tools of trade

Queensland

Prerequisites 

Judgment 

Execution Method

Execution by Bailiff

 Valid for

12 months

 Official Name

 Warrant of Seizure & Sale

Notes for Queensland;

Bailiff cannot seize:

Personal clothing,  bedding & Tools of trade

South Australia

 

Prerequisites 

Judgment

Execution Method

 Execution by Sheriff

 Valid for

 12 Months

 Official Name

 Warrant of Sale

Notes for South Australia;

Sheriff cannot seize:

Personal clothing, bedding & Tools of trade
Warrants of Sale are executed against personal property prior to proceeding against real property

Tasmania

Prerequisites 

Judgment 

Execution Method

Execution by Bailiff

 Valid for

12 months

 Official Name

Warrant to Seize & Sell Property

Notes for Tasmania:
Any personal property to be sold before  real property 
Bailiff cannot seize:Personal clothing & bedding, Tools of trade

Western Australia

Prerequisites 

Judgment / Means Inquiry

Execution Method

Execution by Bailiff

 Valid for

12 months

 Official Name

Property (Seizure and Sale) Order

Notes for Western Australia:
A Judgment Debtor’s saleable interest in any real estate property must not be sold unless the Bailiff is satisfied that the sale of personal property will not be sufficient to satisfy the Judgment.

Bailiff cannot seize:

  • Wearing apparel of the judgment debtor to the value of $1,250.
  • Wearing apparel of a dependant of the Judgment Debtor to the value of $1,250.
  • Family diaries, photographs and portraits.
  • Medical and dental aids and equipment.
  • Kitchen, dining furniture and implements up to a value of $1,250.
  • Bedroom furniture and bedding up to a value of $500.
  • Bedroom furniture and bedding of the Judgment Debtor’s dependents up to a value of $200.
  • Laundry equipment up to a value of $200.
  • Electrical goods used for family entertainment to a value of $300.
  • Ordinary tools of trade, plant and equipment,
  • professional instruments and reference books to the value of $2,500, which are used by the Judgment Debtor to earn income by personal exertion.
  • Refer here for a case study on a successful Writ

Northern Territory

Prerequisites 

Judgment 

Execution Method

Execution by Bailiff

 Valid for

 12 months

 Official Name

Warrant of Seizure & Sale

Notes for Northern Territory;
Sheriff cannot seize:
Personal clothing, bedding & Tools of trade

Australian Capital Territory

Prerequisites 

 Judgment

Execution Method

 Execution by the Sheriff

 Valid for

 12 Months

 Official Name

Seizure and Sale Order 

Notes for ACT;
Sheriff cannot seize:
Personal clothing, bedding & 
Tools of trade


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