Changes make it easier to recover debt
Courts Minister Chester Borrows says changes which come into effect today will improve the process for people recovering debt owed following a civil court case.
The changes, made under the District Courts Amendment Act 2011, streamline the debt recovery process to make it faster, easier and cheaper for creditors, debtors, their representatives and the courts and tribunals.
“One of this Government’s most important priorities has been to support business so they have the confidence to hire another person, or invest another dollar,” says Mr Borrows.
“A modern, efficient and easy to use civil court system, with good tools to enforce those court judgments, is an important part of that.
“The changes coming into effect today are yet another part of our push to modernise the court system, and will help businesses spend less time chasing debts, and more time creating more and better paid jobs for New Zealanders.”
The changes coming into force today include updates to embrace new technology, such as making forms available online and able to be submitted by email.
“These changes also make more efficient use of court and tribunal time. For example the process of obtaining an Attachment Order, to make deductions from someone’s wage or benefit to settle a debt, has been greatly simplified.
“That process used to require at least two court appearances, and a requirement for the order to be served on the other party in person – with a $250 fee to change, suspend or cancel the order.