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MoJ mandates body-worn cameras for bailiffs

24/07/19

UKA Correspondent

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said it will be compulsory for some bailiffs to use body-worn cameras while doing their job.

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The move is aimed at ensuring the minority of rogue bailiffs do not employ intimidating tactics with the public.

It applies to High Court Enforcement Agents and certificated enforcement agents. It does not relate to County Court Bailiffs who are employees of HM Courts and Tribunals Service and who are out of scope for the review.

The MoJ said it will work with the Treasury to implement a ‘breathing space’ period where people with problem debts will be protected from enforcement action from creditors and will see their interest frozen.

This comes after recent moves by ministers to improve industry standards and better protect vulnerable consumers. This includes introducing a new 60-day breathing space for people struggling to cope with debt – during which creditors will not be able to chase payments and individuals must seek professional advice.

Unacceptable behaviour

Justice Minister Paul Maynard said: “The use of intimidation and aggression by some bailiffs is utterly unacceptable, and it is right we do all we can to tackle such behaviour.

“Whilst most bailiffs act above board, body-worn cameras will provide greater security for all involved - not least consumers who are often vulnerable.

“We are looking carefully at other measures to improve the system and will not hesitate to take action where necessary.”

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